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A poem for Hubble

With now less than a week to go before launch, like many space enthusiasts my thoughts are turning more and more to the 4th Hubble servicing mission. Probably inevitably I’ve written one of my “astro-poems” about it, which I hope some of you will like. Please click on the image below to bring up a full size (and readable!) version…

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The Black Hole of Mars…

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Today, whilst having a wander around Mars again courtesy of the dangerously-addictive Mars Global Data website, I found another “hidden gem” of the Red Planet, pictured above: you’ll see it’s a small, young crater – actually inside┬áthe huge crater Pasteur – that has a very crumbly, rugged-looking wall, lots of gullies, landslides witin it… but, most strikingly, an unusually dark area on its floor… Here’s a more detailed version of that picture. Click on the pic for the highest resolution…

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Obviously it’s a dune field of dark material of some kind. You can tell that from the patterns on the ground here…

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…but it didn’t matter how much I zoomed in it, or enhanced it, or generally messed about with it, although a few boulders appeared out of the gloom, the bulk of the dark area refused to resolve into anything else…

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It was as if a black hole had opened up on the surface of Mars, sucking in everything around it, even light itself..!

Let’s add some colour and see what this crater really looks like…

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And looking at the “event horizon” of the black hole, some truly beautiful detail stands out…

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I love images like this, it shows exactly why Mars is such a fascinating place: everytime you think you know it, something like this appears…!

Thanks again HiRISE! ­čÖé

Note: if you want to find that image for yourself, here’s where to go…

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