Can you imagine Mars with Saturn-like rings?


It’s hard to fathom and may be even harder for it to happen but a couple NASA-funded scientists say Mars might have had Saturn-like rings around it in the past and may have them again sometime in the distant future.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab said Purdue University scientists David Minton and Andrew Hesselbrock developed a model that suggests debris that was pushed into space from an asteroid or other body slamming into Mars around 4.3 billion years ago alternates between becoming a planetary ring and clumping together to form a moon.

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The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience said that one theory suggests that Mars’ large North Polar Basin or Borealis Basin — which covers about 40% of the planet in its northern hemisphere — was created by that impact, sending debris into space.

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