Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

The scientists published mysterious the dunes on Mars

The scientists published mysterious the dunes on Mars

Last June 12, NASA engineers tried to communicate with the Opportunity rover but did not receive a response.

Mars is now experiencing a massive dust storm, which threatens NASA's Martian operations.

This dune photograph was originally taken back at the end of January 2018, but NASA only just got around to releasing it - had the photo been taken recently, it would look blurrier due to the aforementioned dust storm which is now encircling the entire planet.

Earlier this month, NASA's Opportunity rover was knocked offline due to lack of solar power as a result of the massive storm. Since then, the NASA research team has not received any signal from the vehicle, which entered into sleep mode. However, this powerful storm is challenging the rover, as it blots out the sun and keeps the solar-powered batteries of the Opportunity from charging.

Once the dust settles from the atmosphere, another potential threat is too much of the particles coating the rover and damaging some of its equipment.

Mars earned its "Red Planet" nickname for good reason, so why does this particular Mars image have the blues? At the moment, the rovers are on opposite sides of the Red Planet.

"If you have sunlight that reaches the surface and heats it up, that creates an instability where warm air rises up".

The reason for the enhanced coloring is because the MRO's camera, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment or HiRISE, can take photographs at wavelengths broader than what the human eye can see naturally, and often takes photos in infrared.

NASA has recently unveiled an eye-catching image of a blue-shaded dune on the red planet Mars. As NASA previously stated, the skies above Opportunity are essentially night, while Curiosity still has a bit of light with which to navigate and look around. This makes the storm's development unpredictable, and it doesn't seem to be clearing out soon.

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