Picture: Dark, recurring streaks on walls of Garni Crater on Mars

NASA has released stunning image of the dark, narrow streaks, called 'recurring slope lineae', emanate from the walls of Garni Crater on Mars captured by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2015, 09:32 AM IST
Picture: Dark, recurring streaks on walls of Garni Crater on Mars
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Washington: NASA has released stunning image of the dark, narrow streaks, called 'recurring slope lineae', emanate from the walls of Garni Crater on Mars captured by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The image was captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Image released by NASA shows the dark streaks that scientists believe are formed by the flow of briny liquid water on Mars are up to few hundred yards, or meters, long.

The image was produced by first creating a 3-D computer model (a digital terrain map) of the area based on stereo information from two HiRISE observations, and then draping an image over the land-shape model, said NASA in its official website.

Recently, NASA made a major breakthrough when the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter discovered signs of flowing water, which strongly indicate there may be life on the Red Planet previously thought to be dry and arid.

Launched on August 12, 2005, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a multipurpose spacecraft designed to conduct reconnaissance and exploration of Mars from orbit. The spacecraft attained Martian orbit on March 10, 2006

Source: NASA