Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Orcus Patera - nope, it ain't a whale

This came my way this morning.

380km x 140km elongated crater  image 27 August 2010, enhanced for perspective view.

(The precise origins of this feature remain mysterious  although the money has to be on a significant shallow-angle impact by a large meteorite in the remote past)

Current research into the “Martian geology” of the area is by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), and is one topic of a major conference being held in Rome this week at the St Thomas Aquinas Papal University.

Changed days from when the Church burned the astronomers for heresies!
P.S.  I’m sure they’d still like to: second best option is to attempt a degree of control, such as hosting the conference!

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