Angel, devil and blood-red heart appear at Martian south pole

It’s summer at the south pole of Mars, and the angels and devils are coming out to play. You can see them both in a stunning new image of the recently thawed pole, taken by the European Space Agency (ESA). The devils, it should be said, are made of dust. Just like on Earth, Martian […]

A Precise Mosaic View of Mars’s South Pole

To get a precise view of a planet’s surface, scientists can build a mosaic using images captured by cameras mounted on an orbiting spacecraft. This process requires accounting for how the spacecraft and its camera were oriented when each photo was taken, as well as how that positioning corresponds to existing topographic data. […]