News ID: 217178
Published: 0450 GMT June 24, 2018

NASA unveils stunning 'blue dune' image seen on Mars

NASA unveils stunning 'blue dune' image seen on Mars

Mars may be known as the Red Planet, but it's a ‘blue dune’ image NASA has released that's got everyone talking.

NASA unveiled an image of a sand dune on Mars' Lyot Crater region that has been enhanced to get a better look at the surface features of the fourth planet, reported.

The image was taken by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and shows a field of classic barchan dunes on Jan. 24, 2018.

The image was taken by the MRO's HiRise camera.

NASA said that this particular dune is made of finer material and/or has a different composition than the surrounding.

Images from Mars continue to capture the attention of the public, especially as the planet is currently experiencing a massive dust storm that is threatening NASA's Martian operations.

Earlier this week a composite selfie image taken from NASA's Curiosity rover was created by scientist Seán Doran, during the aforementioned dust storm, something NASA has called ‘unprecedented’.

The dust storm has wreaked havoc on Mars, though the Curiosity rover has not been affected, as it relies on plutonium and not sunlight as a fuel source.

However, the Opportunity rover, which has been on Mars for nearly 15 years, has not been so lucky, effectively going into sleep mode during the storm.


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