Springtime thaw in the north polar region of Mars created this fierce falcon.

April 18, 2012

Springtime thaw in the north polar region of Mars created this fierce falcon. In the winter, white carbon-dioxide frost (“dry ice”) covers these dunes., It evaporates when the area gets more sun in the spring. The dark 'feathers' are areas where the frost has already flown.

Credit

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

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