NASA has revealed an impressive image of what looks like a dragon carved into the face of Mars.
The picture of the Mars landscape was taken by the University of Arizona’s HiRISE camera. This camera is attached to Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
The Orbiter has been sending back invaluable information about the Red Planet’s surface since it first reached Martian orbit back in 2006.
HiRISE’s official Twitter account posted the image and wrote: “We rotated this image of light-toned blocky material in southwestern Melas Chasma because from this perspective, it resembles a fabled Chinese dragon.”
The photo was snapped from 160 miles above.
It was first seen by scientists in 2007 but the outline of a dragon shape was not immediately obvious until the image was rotated.
The photo actually shows Mar’s Melas Chasma, this is the reddish orange section of the picture. Experts think this martian canyon is cutting through an ancient lake bed.
A University of Arizona blog post explains: “Along the floor of Melas Chasma is an unusual blocky deposit composed of light-toned blocks in a darker matrix.
“The high resolution of the HiRISE image reveals layers only a few meters thick in some of the light-toned blocks.
“The blocks vary in size but most fall between 100 to 500 meters in diameter.”
Here are some fun facts about Mars you might not know:
It is named after the Roman god of war.
The landmass of Mars is very similar to Earth but due to the difference in gravity you could jump three times higher there than you can here.
Mars is mountainous and hosts the tallest mountain known in the Solar System called Olympus Mons, which is three times higher than Everest.
Mars is considered to be the second most habitable planet after Earth.
It takes the planet 687 Earth days to orbit the Sun.
So far, there has been 39 missions to Mars but only 16 of these have been successful.
What do dragons symbolize?
Among animal spirit guides Dragon is arguably the most ancient and imposing. In the Far East, the Dragon symbolism and meaning is all about the authority of the Emperor (who for a long time in history was the designated “dreamer” for the entire Country). In this setting and many others, Dragon rules the elements and can take whatever form he wishes. Metaphysically, Dragon’s shape-shifting abilities equate to a Shaman’s mastery over the Elements, power to transform into various Animals, and the ability to enter Dreamtime.
In the art of Feng Shui, Dragon represents fortune, authority, growth, luck and development. In Europe these formidable Beings symbolize the ability to rise over circumstance and see things clearly.