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Martian Avalanches March 4, 2008

Posted by showmescifi in scifi.
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Science Fact is often waaaaaay cooler than Science Fiction. Case in point are some new pics from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of Mars.

An avalanche on Earth (so long as no people are stuck nearby) is cool. On Mars? Multiply that by a factor of ooooh a million or so since the scale of the avalanche is literally astronomical.

“It really surprised me,” says planetary scientist Ingrid Daubar Spitale of the University of Arizona in a statement. “It’s great to see something so dynamic on Mars. A lot of what we see there hasn’t changed for millions of years.”

NASA has also posted a whole whack of wickedly cool picks from Mars – including one of the spaceship looking back on Earth.


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