Mars pits: Gaze into the abyss with these wild NASA images

Pit with channels

There’s more than just a pit here. Notice the channels leading off from the edge. “The pit, which formed after the channels, exposes a bouldery layer below the dusty surface mantle and is underlain by sediments,” NASA said in a release in 2017.

According to NASA, this pit and others like it may have subsurface water ice. Future human visitors will be looking for accessible water as a resource. 

Published:Caption:Amanda KooserPhoto:NASA/JPL/UArizona