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Mars crater complex shows layers of ice in stunning spacecraft photos

Ice and dust pile on the Martian surface like a layer cake in fresh images based on data from the Mars Express spacecraft.

The European Space Agency (ESA) mission shows so-called “mantle deposits” of ice and dust at in Utopia Planitia, a region that is roughly twice the size of Earth’s Sahara Desert. Utopia is one of three major basins in Mars’ northern hemisphere and has a lot of ice within it. (The plain also happens to be the landing site of the Chinese Zhurong rover.)

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