Friday, 9 February 2018

Kasei Valles - The lengthiest hope for water on Mars

The below image is the one captured by Mars Colour Camera, which has kept onboard of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), ISRO. The image shows flood carved channel system of Kasei Valles.

Kasei Valles is known to be largest outflow channel system on Mars extending more than 2400 km. An outflow channel is nothing, but a channel formed due to the movement of fluid. The fluids may include sand, molten substances, erosion, debris and all. This picture was captured on January 12, 2018.

 The is the first captured image by MOM in the year 2018 which correspond to solar longitude 113 on Mars. 

We are able to see the thin cloud patches in the bottom portion of the image corresponding to higher altitudes of Kasei Valles.

Image credits: ISRO
Kasei Valles is actually the name for MARS in the Japanese language, but we adopted it to represent the largest channel on the Mars internationally.

Including Kasei Valles, scientists are believing that they are carved by the mixture of water and sand, which gives a notion of the presence of water.
The size of the channels prompts us to think that, there we huge collection of water earlier, which could have evaporated from the surface of Mars. Scientists are expecting huge water channels beneath the surface of Mars and are hoping to find huge water sources beneath the surface of the water.

The Astrobiological search is also going on, checking for the survival of ay organisms or other forms of life.

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