By Ben Leach
The “trees” are really trails of debris caused by landslides as ice melts in Mars’s spring Photo: NASA
The images appear to show rows of dark “conifers” sprouting from dunes and hills on the planet surface. But the scene is actually an optical illusion.
The “trees” are really trails of debris caused by landslides as ice melts in Mars’s spring. You can even see a cloud of dust, just to the left of centre of the picture, where an avalanche is caught happening.
The photograph was taken from orbit around Mars by HiRISE, the most powerful camera sent to another planet.
NASA’s Candy Hansen told The Sun: “The streaks are sand, dislodged as ice evaporates, which slide down the dune. At this time of the Martian year the whole scene is covered by CO2 frost.”