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NASA Releases Image of ‘Niagara Falls Of Lava’ On Mars |The Republican News

Andrew Griffin

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Nasa has released stunning photos of something like “Niagara Falls” on Mars – except even more stunning than the one on Earth.

The flows are made of flowing molten lava that once moved over the Red Planet’s surface, and has been pictured in stunning new 3D images.

The photos were sent back by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which was launched in 2005 and has been sending images back to the planet’s surface since soon after that.

Nasa notes that a lot of time is spent wondering about and searching for proof of liquid water on Mars, which would be a signal of life. But the new pictures show that the planet itself was once far more alive than it is today – made up of flowing molten lava that spread across its surface.

The pictures show the result of that flow, depicting the northern rim of a crater that is 30-kilometres in diameter. From the image, it can be seen that lava flowed into and surrounded the rim of that crater.

There wasn’t enough of it to fill up the crater’s floor, the image shows. That can be seen by comparing the dark parts of the image – the old lava – with the chalkier, older, light bit.

Nasa said that closer images show that the lava was able to breach the crater’s wall through a small hole, allowing the lava to flow through and forming the stunning images that were sent back to Earth recently. (The Independent)

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NASA To Announce ‘Unprecedented’ Mission To The Sun

 

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A handout picture made available by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on 21 April 2016 shows a dramatic display of a round solar filament bursting out from the Sun, in space.© NASA/SDO, EPA A handout picture made available by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on 21 April 2016 shows a dramatic display of a round solar filament bursting out from the Sun, in space.

 

NASA is set to release new details this week about the agency’s “unprecedented” mission to “touch the sun.”

The mission, Solar Probe Plus, will launch in summer of 2018 and marks the agency’s first mission to fly into the sun’s atmosphere. Data collected during the mission is expected to improve forecasting of space weather events that impact life on Earth and the lives of astronauts, NASA said in a statement.

“Placed in orbit within four million miles of the sun’s surface, and facing heat and radiation unlike any spacecraft in history, the spacecraft will explore the sun’s outer atmosphere and make critical observations that will answer decades-old questions about the physics of how stars work,” NASA said in a statement.

NASA will make the announcement live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday.  (USA TODAY)

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