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Winter Wonderland: Ice Crater Discovered on Mars Seems Like a Paradise for Ice-Skating

The Korolev crater on Mars is a ice-filled crater that spans across 82 kilometres, and remains frozen permanently, owing to the cold trap phenomenon, and resembles an ice rink.

Raka Mukherjee | News18.com@RakaMukherjeee

Updated:December 21, 2018, 1:27 PM IST
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Winter Wonderland: Ice Crater Discovered on Mars Seems Like a Paradise for Ice-Skating
The Korolev crater on Mars is a ice-filled crater that spans across 82 kilometres, and remains frozen permanently, owing to the cold trap phenomenon, and resembles an ice rink.
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Winter means cold, Christmas and in certain places of the world - snow.

While snow is something you just grow up associating with winter, it isn't something limited to just the Earth. A crater on Mars, which is covered with ice, is becoming a quick fan favorite as people are sharing how they want to 'skate there.'

The Korolev is an ice-filled impact crater in Mars, which spans 81.4 kilometers in diameter and contains about 2,200 cubic kilometers of water ice. A photo of this crater taken by the European Space Agency showed just how scenic the spot actually is.

Take a look.




While this crater may be on Mars, people see it as a potential ice-skating rink. And if you just imagine a few skaters on the crater, we could see it too.

























The "ice-skating rink" isn't a seasonal phenomenon, though. On Mars, the crater covered in ice exists all-year round. This is primarily owing to a phenomenon called 'Cold Trap.'




And while ice skating may be a possibility, the fact that these images exist itself is somewhat of a stunning miracle.




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