This image acquired on July 25, 2021 by NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows bumpy and pitted ground in the Utopia Planitia region.

October 19, 2021

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The Utopia Planitia region contains many distinctive landscapes. The bumpy and pitted ground in this image may have formed through the eruption of either lava or mud onto the surface from deep underground.

Mud volcanoes on Earth provide oases for life. If these features also formed through the eruption of mud, these landforms may hold clues to possible life-supporting oases in Mars' distant past.

The map is projected here at a scale of 50 centimeters (19.7 inches) per pixel. (The original image scale is 58.8 centimeters [23.1 inches] per pixel [with 2 x 2 binning]; objects on the order of 177 centimeters [69.7 inches] across are resolved.) North is up.

The University of Arizona, in Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., in Boulder, Colorado. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

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