A NASA image shows a dune formation on Mars with an apparent message.
The unusual dune formation looks like Morse code and was created after bidirectional winds circulated around a sand-filled depression, likely an old impact crater.
“(The crater) has focused the wind, and also limited the amount of sand available for formation of the dunes,” Veronica Bray, the specialist who analyzed the image for NASA, told Gizmodo.
Dune formation usually offers insight into wind direction. However, because of the complexity of the dunes, it’s difficult for researchers to determine wind direction, according to a NASA blog post about the image.
The image was taken Feb. 6 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera.
What does it say?
“NEE NED ZB 6TNN DEIBEDH SIEFI EBEEE SSIEI ESEE SEEE !!”
Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.