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originally posted by: asen_y2k
I just came across this today. In a photo of the Martian surface there appears to be a mushroom cloud. Mars has no plate tectonics or volcanic activities. I have no idea what could cause this.
This Mars Orbiter, which was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on November 5, 2013 has spotted what looks like a mushroom cloud on the planet’s surface.
Taken by the onboard Mars Colour Camera (MCC), these images have been quickly uploaded to the ISRO’s website, with a great amount of detail.
The large mushroom cloud was sighted in the Valles Marineris Canyon, which is located along the equator of the planet, which spans close to a quarter of the planet’s circumference.
Link to article
ISRO Mars orbitor official facebook page
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: Wolfenz
Your news example sounds like they were referring to this from 7th/8th December 1900. If you read through to page five, bullet 9, it begins to sound like there could have been a comet passing Mars. Instead of the 'shaft of light' originating on Mars, I think it's possible they were seeing a comet's trail that their perspective mistook for being on Mars.
It'd be interesting for some of the ATS astronomers to read the details and see what they think.
originally posted by: Baddogma
This is just dark rock being seen from an angle and looking like a 'shroom cloud...