Mysterious Mars Mound May Be Result Of Ancient Lava Flows, NASA SaysHuffington Post
December 7, 2014
A weird circular landform recently spotted on the surface of Mars might look like a deformed waffle--or maybe the surface of a human brain. But as to what the strange feature really is--and how it got there--scientists at this point have only opinions.
The 1.2-mile-wide mound, which was observed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Spacecraft, is located in the planet's Athabasca region--an area known for lava flows.
So scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., offered this hypothesis in a written statement on Wednesday:
The scientists hope that further observations and analysis of the image will yield a better explanation of the mound and its formation.
The Mars Reconnaissance was launched in August 12, 2005 on an ongoing mission to study the red planet.