NASAThe Mars rover Curiosity sent some aerial photos of the Red Planet. Colorful clouds in the atmosphere of Mars drew attention in these photos.
Mars is a prime target in alien astronomy studies, and NASAs Curiosity vehicle has recently been at the center of studies on this planet. The rover, which was sent to the Red Planet, shares many images of Mars and also conducts various surveys.
One of the last photos from Curiostiy looks like it was taken in Urgup. In the image taken from 21 photos taken from the vehicle’s camera on March 19, the main point that attracts scientists’ attention is the clouds. The clouds of Mars, which has a very thin atmosphere, are quite colorful.
Mars clouds observed by Curiosity
While the image divided by NASA Emerging with the combination of 21 frames from the Mars vehicle, the cloud structure on Gale Crater caught the eye. Thanks to the image obtained, a previous prediction of scientists was confirmed.
Scientists have predicted that such harem-like clouds could appear on Mars in the past at the beginning of every Martian year. Curiosity also turned its camera to the sky to observe these clouds. The incoming images confirmed the scientists.
“I’ve always wondered what colors would come out: red and green and blue and purple. It’s really cool to see things glowing colorfully on Mars,” said atmospheric scientist Mark Lemmon of the Space Science Institute in Colorado.
At a higher altitude than expected
On the other hand, scientists’ predictions predicted that Mars clouds would appear at lower altitudes. Typically, the clouds passing Curiosity are expected to be completely filled with ice and rise about 60 kilometers above the surface of Mars.
NASA has not made any statement about the height of the clouds in the image. The clouds in the images from the desk consist of frozen carbon dioxide, also known as dry ice. Sunlight reflected from these clouds causes glare. However, it should be noted that scientists have not made a definitive statement on this matter.