Artist’s impression of Mars four billion years ago

This artist’s impression shows how Mars may have looked about four billion years ago. The young planet Mars would have had enough water to cover its entire surface in a liquid layer about 140 metres deep, but it is more likely that the liquid would have pooled to form an ocean occupying almost half of Mars’s northern hemisphere, and in some regions reaching depths greater than 1.6 kilometres.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)

About the Image

Id:eso1509b
Type:Artwork
Release date:5 March 2015, 20:00
Related releases:eso1509
Size:6970 x 5072 px

About the Object

Name:Mars
Type:Solar System : Planet
Category:Illustrations

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