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Mars does have white Christmas: breathtaking photos show huge waterijslaag in Korolev crater

Science The Korolev crater on Mars is 82 km wide and have a diameter of about 60 km, there is a thick waterijslaag of an estimated 2 km. Good for a volume of up

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Mars does have white Christmas: breathtaking photos show huge waterijslaag in Korolev crater
Science The Korolev crater on Mars is 82 km wide and have a diameter of about 60 km, there is a thick waterijslaag of an estimated 2 km. Good for a volume of up to 2,200 km3. Fantastic photos of the space agency show the impressive ijskrater. At us it is a white Christmas not this year, but the red planet is there to do there.

The space mission Mars Express has spectacular footage of the crater on Mars. The European Space Agency (ESA) gave the images yesterday free. “This image seems to be a large expanse of pristine snow to images – a dream for every lover of the christmas season”, sounds it in the attached communication from the ESA. In reality, there are a gigantic crater on Mars, filled with ice, not snow.

The images of the Korolev crater made by the spacecraft Mars Express Orbiter. That is since Christmas 2003 in an orbit around the red planet. The ESA calls these images, “a fantastic celebration of that major milestone,” fifteen years ago. Actually, five of the photos that were attached to one image, clarifies the organisation. the

The crater is a whopping 82 miles wide and the deepest point would be 2 kilometers. According to the ESA hole to be of “exceptionally well-preserved Marskrater”. The ruimteorganisatie also explains that the crater is filled with ice by a so-called ‘cold draught’. The air that blows across the crater, the ice pulled down and drops in temperature. This forms a permanent cold layer of air above the ice that could never melt. Also not in the summer - Mars knows just like Earth's seasons because air is a poor conductor of heat and as a kind of protective shield works.

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