Image shows an ancient, dried-up river system on Mars that stretches 435 MILES ...

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Detailed images of Mars reveal an ancient river that once flowed on the red planet.

Spanning nearly 435 miles across the surface, the valley stream is named Nirgal Vallis and experts said it was shaped by flowing water and impacts.

By exploring the characteristics of the surrounding craters, the European Space Agency has estimated the system’s age to be between 3.5 and 4 billion years old.

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Spanning nearly 435 miles across the surface, the valley stream is named Nirgal Vallis and experts said it was shaped by flowing water and impacts

Spanning nearly 435 miles across the surface, the valley stream is named Nirgal Vallis and experts said it was shaped by flowing water and impacts

The valley, deemed one of the largest on Mars, sits south of the planet’s equator, which experts believe was ‘shaped by a mix of flowing water and impacts: events where rocks sped inwards from space to collide with the Martian surface,’ the Europe Space Agency (ESA) shared in a press release.

The images were captured by a spacecraft’s High Resolution Stereo Camera, which the ESA has employed to map the entire surface of Mars in full color and high resolution.

Viewers can easily spot the massive dried-up river, along with a number of impact craters that range in size.

The area in the picture shows the western end of the river system, where it is slowly spreading out and dissipates.

he valley, deemed one of the largest on Mars, sits south of the planet’s equator, which experts believe was shaped by a mix of flowing water and impacts: events where rocks sped inwards from space to collide with the Martian surface

he valley, deemed one of the largest on Mars, sits south of the planet’s equator, which experts believe was shaped by a mix of flowing water and impacts: events where rocks sped inwards from space to collide with the Martian surface

It is less branched on the opposite side, but more defined as a single valley as it opens out into the large Uzboi Vallis – the suspected location of a large, ancient lake that has long since dried up.

‘Nirgal Vallis is a typical example of a feature known as an amphitheatre-headed valley,’ the ESA explained

‘As the name suggests, rather than ending bluntly or sharply, the ends of these tributaries have the characteristic semi-circular, rounded shape of an Ancient Greek amphitheatre.’

By exploring the characteristics of the surrounding craters, the European Space Agency has estimated the system’s age to be between 3.5 and 4 billion years old

By exploring the characteristics of the surrounding craters, the European Space Agency has estimated the system’s age to be between 3.5 and 4 billion years old

WAS MARS EVER HOME TO LIQUID WATER?

Evidence of water on Mars dates back to the Mariner 9 mission, which arrived in 1971. It revealed clues of water erosion in river beds and canyons as well as weather

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