ESA Mars Express orbiter takes photo of Christmas ‘Angel’ on Mars (Photo)

Scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) have taken an amazing image from the surface of Mars, which proves that Christmas is probably not a holiday that we celebrate only on Earth, writes the Daily Mail. Mars Express orbiter took a picture of a silhouette of an angel, with a halo and wings, near the south pole of the Red Planet. The high-resolution stereo camera also captured something strikingly resembling a stylized heart next to it.

These shapes are random, the European Space Agency said shortly after the images were released. The scientists explained that they were due to geological features unique to the polar region of Mars. Usually the South Pole of the planet is covered with an ice cap that is at least a mile thick. 

As it is currently summer in the lower hemisphere, the snow and ice cover is particularly thin. The angelic figure is visible because of the pattern and composition of the nearby fields of dunes, which are rocky and rich in dark minerals such as pyroxene and olivine.

Scientists aren’t sure why the dunes are scattered across Mars. According to the current theory, the minerals were originally much deeper below the surface and were pushed up by ancient volcanic activity.

In the 1970s, conspiracy theorists were convinced that space satellites had captured a “face” on the planet’s surface, but scientists have proven that this is a random arrangement of mineral dunes.

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