Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
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‘Once in a blue dune’: NASA shares striking image of Martian crater

‘Once in a blue dune’: NASA shares striking image of Martian crater

The space agency says the dust storm is already about the size of North America and Russian Federation combined.

The heavy dust storm has forced the Opportunity rover of NASA to cease its activities.

The Opportunity rover has survived in Mars for almost 15 years despite being designed for a 90-day period, so it's safe to say that this is a spacecraft that's tough and resilient.

Mars is now under the grip of a massive dust storm that has turned the landscape blood red. The engineers believe that the rover is now in a hibernation state - in low-power mode. Regardless, the project doesn't expect to hear back from Opportunity until the skies begin to clear over the rover. For the researchers of NASA, Curiosity can provide an extraordinary opportunity to counter why few Martian dust storms remain for months and develop huge, whereas others are small and remain a week only.


So far, scientists are hopeful that it will survive. At the moment, the rovers are on opposite sides of the Red Planet. An analysis of Opportunity's survivability came back positive, with the team determining that the electronics and batteries can keep warm enough to continue its functions. The colossal storm has now encircled the entire planet.

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. As explained by NASA, this sand dune is formed of a finer component and/or possesses a distinct composition in comparison to the surrounding.

NASA has recently unveiled an eye-catching image of a blue-shaded dune on the red planet Mars. This makes the storm's development unpredictable, and it doesn't seem to be clearing out soon.

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