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A beautiful postcard back to Earth! The European Space Agency releases pictures of Korolev crater

A beautiful postcard back to Earth! The European Space Agency releases pictures of Korolev crater
The Siliconreview
22 Decemebr, 2018

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiterreleases beautiful pictures of Korolevcrater. The breathtaking and picturesque imagesshow the icy heart of the frozen Korolev crater. The picture is sent back from Mars’ robot discoverer.

The Korolev crater was formed back in the history when another celestial object dropped onto the northern lowlands of Mars. It created a pit that was fifty miles wide and more than a mile deep.Dust and water started getting slowly accumulated, which gradually built a glacier that has nearly filled the crater that was formed long back because of the collision.Now the ice is stable and formed permanently because the crater acts as a natural cold trap. The air moving over the ice envelopes the crater which in turn creates a barrier between the icy crater and the warmer surroundings. Because of this reason, it doesn’t melt creating a perennial ice trap. The crater is named “a cold trap” by the European Space Agency.

The recent pictures released by the agency were taken by Mars Express. The pictures were released in celebrationof the 15th anniversary of the spacecraft’s arrival at Mars. Recently, InSight also celebrated a milestone releasing a snapshot after deploying a seismometer on Mars.