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Mars Rover Landing Zone Mysteriously and Inconsistently Fading

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The landing zone of NASA’s Mars Rover is fading from the face of the red planet Mars

Space exploration is starting to reach its peak with all the satellites orbiting our planet and being launched to outer space to find more earth-like planets. That?s not all though, NASA did also send a rover into the red planet a few years back, the Mars Rover.

However, recent news from the little wonder is clouded by mystery. Don?t worry, there?s nothing wrong with the machine but what?s intriguing is the landing mark it left when the rover touched down.

The landing zone of the Mars Rover is mysteriously fading but not in a consistent manner

According to a report made by dailysciencejournal, the scars that were left by the Mars Rover on the surface of the red planet are fading over time. This event was being observed through the use of High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera that is on NASA?s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), as stated there on that report.

Dust storms are created by strong wind currents on Mars, as stated by NASA, pretty much like here on Earth and this could perfectly explain why the landing zone mark is fading from the surface. However, what?s mysterious is the inconsistency of the fading of the mark left by the Mars Rover. HiRISE scientist Ingrid Daubar said [via discovery news] ?Spacecraft like Curiosity create these dark blast zone patterns where bright dust is blown away by the landing,? she added ?We expected to see them fade as the wind moved the dust around during the months and years after landing, but we?ve been surprised to see that the rate of change doesn?t appear to be consistent.?

Could someone or something be erasing the tracks on purpose?

The information they have gathered here is very substantial especially for NASA?s next Mars mission where they will send InSight on 2016. As explained on dailysceincejournal, InSight will measure the heat in the crust of Mars. Surface color is relevant for the next exploration and as said there, and I quote, ?Darker surfaces absorb more light and the brighter ones reflect more, leading to less heating.?

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