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A hole in Mars

What created this unusual hole in Mars? The hole was discovered by chance in 2011 on images of the dusty slopes of Mars’ Pavonis Mons volcano taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars. The hole appears to be an opening to an underground cavern, partly illuminated on the image right. Analysis of this and follow-up images revealed the opening to be about 35 meters across, while the interior shadow angle indicates that the underlying cavern is roughly 20 meters deep. Why there is a circular crater surrounding this hole remains a topic of speculation, as is the full extent of the underlying cavern. Holes such as this are of particular interest because their interior caves are relatively protected from the harsh surface of Mars, making them relatively good candidates to contain Martian life. These pits are therefore prime targets for possible future spacecraft, robots, and even human interplanetary explorers.

Image credit: NASA, JPL, U. Arizona

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Friday Frolics!

Bare Your Bum…

Rock The Banana In The Hammock…

Chill With A Rock Legend…

Chill With Your Bro…

Enjoy The View…

Play PupBall…

Toss The Pigskin…

But Be Bodacious With Your Bums And Keep Smuggling Those Budgies!

Sexy As Hell, Baby!

A little partial reference sheet for the King of Hearts. uvu

I was struggling with his color scheme for a while, since I wanted something really vibrant for his face but not flat-out red all over. Then I remembered how much I loved teal and red together that other day when I drew Emmy.

And then I remembered that he’s the cousin of the Queen of Spades. Problem solved.