Watch A Martian Landslide Move Across The Surface of The Red Planet

  • Published: 10 September 2019
  • Mars has an active surface, especially in the cold polar regions where carbon dioxide ice that binds soil together can evaporate in the summer and leave unstable terrain. Earlier this year another landslide from cliffs near the north pole was recorded, it's not the first by any means, but JPL engineer Doug Ellison used the time difference between the 3 colour channels to create a 3 frame animation showing the debris cloud moving over the Martian surface at about 70km/h. This was cool enough that I felt like sharing it along with a few other examples of shifting features on Mars.

    Here's Doug's tweet:

    And Here's the Original Image
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Comments • 859

  • I C Flat Ndatsdat!
    I C Flat Ndatsdat!  13 hours back

    Computer renditions.... who needs photographs? We can see any planet in full view except the one we allegedly are on. I guess that is not important to some. I believe in factual information. Some don't need facts. Fantasy and fact is like oil and water. They don't mix together.

    • Two Eye
      Two Eye  5 hours back

      You don't make any sense at all.

  • maksphoto78
    maksphoto78  23 hours back

    Hi Scott! Speaking of amazing orbiter images, could you please make a video about the LRO images of the Apollo landing sites, the astronaut foot tracks, the stuff they left there, and even the flag shadows visible in the images?

    • Mitch McConahay
      Mitch McConahay  2 days back

      In California measurement is dumb down so let's stop with describing and comparing things in meters.

    • Jay Walker
      Jay Walker  2 days back

      O you meam mars is having a global warming too.... HuH thats strange huh ????

      • Jay Walker
        Jay Walker  1 days back

        @It Me Tetri yah bad joke.sorry. did you know that the government knows how to melt the ice there and in that there hope'n that will make some kind of atmospher type of sh;t .. IDK but if man can start up a planet why the fook can't the fix this one ... you all the so called fossil fuel (oil) being drained faster then most river's on this planet... now the elites are taking the fook out as fast as they can. there's what 5 or 6 huge countries that have rocket that will leave earth,how many people do you think is going???? ((Yea RIGHT on ITS scareie

      • It Me Tetri
        It Me Tetri  1 days back

        I hope this is sarcasm. Or just a really bad joke.

    • twigglykevin
      twigglykevin  2 days back

      alien excavation

      • Dominique Dupont
        Dominique Dupont  2 days back

        Wow !

        • The Sauce Boss
          The Sauce Boss  2 days back

          Uh oh. Looks like conspiracy theorists found you. On a more positive side, I hope T2 adds dust storms to Duna or other celestial bodies.

          • mrmsteck
            mrmsteck  3 days back

            Click bait

            • Srinivasa Sunil
              Srinivasa Sunil  3 days back

              what causes landslide on mars with its' thin atomsphere is an interesting point to research

              • Sean McDonough
                Sean McDonough  3 days back

                6:53 - Sounds like a good reason for a Mars impactor!

                • donblub
                  donblub  3 days back

                  mars warms up? so the marsians produce also to much co2?

                  oh wait, right, the warming because of co2 is total bullshit.

                  • Joel
                    Joel  3 days back

                    the opening screen made me think this was another Xenonauts episode!

                    • Nether Craft
                      Nether Craft  4 days back

                      Scot manely is man

                      • LW Riker
                        LW Riker  4 days back

                        So cool! Bet that could be cleaned up bit. I.e.: equalize the saturation so it does have the dark/light flicker.

                        • Rezzy Beans
                          Rezzy Beans  4 days back

                          AND ON THE NEXT DEMOCRATIC DEBATE : plans for stopping Martian Warming

                          • Randall Teague
                            Randall Teague  4 days back

                            The avalanche gif looks like the head of a zombie monkey from the Mummy

                            • William Comer
                              William Comer  4 days back

                              aye, fascinating for sure, mate!

                              • John Early
                                John Early  4 days back

                                At 6:05 I think you meant the water ice had sublimated (not evaporated) (liquids evaporate, solids sublimate)

                                • Miguel Morales
                                  Miguel Morales  4 days back

                                  So.. y’all know mars landing is also fake. Right?

                                  • Scott Manley
                                    Scott Manley   4 days back

                                    No only gullible people think it's fake.

                                • Terry Carr
                                  Terry Carr  4 days back

                                  Wd on nearly becoming the 2nd scotsman receiving 1million subs

                                  • Terry Carr
                                    Terry Carr  4 days back

                                    @Scott Manley you know wat scott u r so right i forgot Duncan Fergusons a scot but then again so is Alex awesones y not love your reply though bro 10/10

                                  • Scott Manley
                                    Scott Manley   4 days back

                                    Wait, only the second? I mean Scottish people are naturally awesome so I expected there would be lots of us with 1million+ subs.

                                • John S
                                  John S  4 days back

                                  Fake. Utter bullshit.

                                  • Farhat Ara
                                    Farhat Ara  4 days back


                                    • David Sherbert
                                      David Sherbert  4 days back

                                      How many Martians was killed? Is the Martian govt planning to ban landslides? WGAF about landslides on Mars????

                                      • David Anderson
                                        David Anderson  4 days back

                                        What a big waste of money and time

                                        • dale carpenter
                                          dale carpenter  5 days back

                                          The orange color is mar photography is phony color !

                                          • dale carpenter
                                            dale carpenter  5 days back

                                            If you deny the electric weather on mars you don't know nothin !

                                            • Christiaan Venter
                                              Christiaan Venter  5 days back

                                              I just understood another reason for atmosphere on mars; protecting habitats from small meteors by burning them up before they reach the surface.

                                              • Dane Lobe
                                                Dane Lobe  5 days back

                                                All CGI, all Fake, We have nothing on mars, if you believe that your an idiot.
                                                rocks falling on a planet that has NO atmosphere ? that's an impossibility.
                                                I cant believe there are actually people that think these are real photos. . . .

                                                • nounoufriend
                                                  nounoufriend  3 days back

                                                  Whats fake is you as Mars does have atmosphere

                                              • Kittelizer Laurelott
                                                Kittelizer Laurelott  5 days back

                                                3:05 at about 1/4th the way across, left to right, and 1/8th down from top to bottom, there's a black dot. Any idea what that is?

                                                • Hannah Cwik
                                                  Hannah Cwik  5 days back

                                                  When you said 'flowing stream' I couldn't help but to think that when humans finally land on Mars and we've colonized it and have given it an atmosphere, I wonder - who is the first woman who's gonna be like, "aww, I had too much to drink and now I gotta go pee" - and is going to walk over to some concrete log she can sit on and is going to be like, "argh! This cold -200F wind is really chapping my behind"???!!!

                                                  • Jim Knopf hier bin inner Bande.

                                                    if this images are from Nasa.. where is the penis?

                                                    • Dan Shetler
                                                      Dan Shetler  5 days back

                                                      Mars looks nothing like that in real life.

                                                    • eskimo commotion
                                                      eskimo commotion  5 days back

                                                      Does this mean we really need to jump on the new green deal?

                                                      • Richard Mourdock
                                                        Richard Mourdock  5 days back

                                                        Scott, I have a different interpretation for the strange thing at 6:17. I'm wondering if what you are seeing isn't an atmospheric stream of smoke prior to the actual impact. I don't think it is a "slide" across the surface but a stream of … something.. like a smoke trail in the thickest part of the Martian atmosphere before the impact. Just one geologist's opinion.

                                                        • Gergle Ravera
                                                          Gergle Ravera  5 days back

                                                          Smoka toka ya ya b.s.

                                                          • Noah Fang
                                                            Noah Fang  5 days back

                                                            5000 meter tall cliff... Damn. That's impressive. Imagine mountain Olympia

                                                            • Slyde InfinitySpinCasts

                                                              Ai well long time until spaceport and ksp too, thanks to the virtual reality many think space travel impossible but not that many.Surely DPI and ram bus processing frequency and flow important ,maybe even for navigation, however google mars isn't labelled as it used to be with features. Looks like Martian soot of sorts and not in Lebanon .

                                                              • 1906Farnsworth
                                                                1906Farnsworth  5 days back

                                                                At 3:13, we see the face of Satan in the dust. Shows how fake space travel is! ;-)

                                                                • Games & Entertainment Animator & Fiddler

                                                                  Aren't the visible polar ice caps composed of mostly frozen CO2? I expect the water would be mostly permanent, but covered by blown dust. Thought I read that Methane in Mars atmosphere is only 15 parts per billion by volume, and that this was unexpected because the sun's UV would break up the Methane molecules in such a short period, there should not be ANY. So it sounds like Methane is being continually produced by biologic or geologic processes, or there must be reservoirs of ancient sub-surface frozen methane, maybe covered by thick layers of dust, just like the Water Glaciers the planet is supposed to have at latitudes more or less midway between the poles and the equator.

                                                                  How they can use penetrating radar and other spectral data to work all that out would be mighty interesting.

                                                                  • Julian Man
                                                                    Julian Man  5 days back

                                                                    I bet there is a ocean but the top is frozen and covered with dust.

                                                                    • kabalu
                                                                      kabalu  5 days back

                                                                      ....Zähneputzen, Pullern und ab ins Bett

                                                                      • Schol-R-LEA ;2
                                                                        Schol-R-LEA ;2  5 days back

                                                                        Have you ever considered doing a video on Jack Parsons and his role in the founding of JPL?

                                                                        • David Trautman
                                                                          David Trautman  5 days back

                                                                          Looks like a glacier melting here on earth.

                                                                          • Pentti Kantanen
                                                                            Pentti Kantanen  5 days back

                                                                            6:30 that's clearly a drain where the submartians eject their refuse out to the surface, which has now been rather inhabitable for a long time.

                                                                            • Jesse Lacey
                                                                              Jesse Lacey  5 days back

                                                                              I'm guessing Scott will do a video on C/2019 Q4 soon. But the interstellar comet has me thinking we need to design a satellite to visit one of these interstellar objects. Something prebuilt and ready to fly as soon as we find one and can pin down it's trajectory and launch a satellite to intercept. We should keep finding more of these in the future as technology gets better one of them might be reachable as it passes by.

                                                                              • MarK Doherty
                                                                                MarK Doherty  5 days back

                                                                                Is it just me or is there an evil face in the moving dust cloud?

                                                                                • Ramphastos
                                                                                  Ramphastos  6 days back

                                                                                  5:43 isn’t that the Imperial Scout droid destroyed by Han Solo on Hoth?

                                                                                • notablegoat
                                                                                  notablegoat  6 days back

                                                                                  Why do fresh craters on Mars often have ice in them?