NASA probe captures amazing pictures of clouds on Mars! (Video)


Cloudy days are rare on Mars and usually only appear near the equator during the coldest time of the year. A year ago, on the planet, NASA noticed some clouds forming in the sky above the “Curiosity” probe, and decided to document them.

In the past months, some amazing photos have been taken that show what cloudy days look like on the Red Planet.The agency referred to these unexpected clouds as “early” clouds at this time of year, in an announcement, in which it said that the Curiosity team had already made a new discovery about early clouds from the rover images, “they are higher than usual. Too cold.”

According to the agency, most clouds on Mars are usually 37 miles (60 km) in the sky and are made up of water ice. However, the so-called early clouds are at higher altitudes and are cooler, that is, they are made up of frozen carbon dioxide or dry ice. NASA did not specify the height of the initial clouds in the Curiosity images.

“Scientists are looking for subtle clues to determine the height of the cloud, and it will take further analysis to confirm that recent Curiosity images show water ice clouds showing dry ice,” the agency said in a statement.The probe captured these images of clouds on the surface of Mars just after sunset on March 31.

The agency described the collected images of the clouds, in which they appeared shimmering, “When seen just after sunset, their ice crystals capture the faint light, causing them to glow in the dark sky. These twilight clouds, also known as “night” clouds, become brighter when filled with crystals, Then it gets dark when the sun’s position in the sky drops below its height. This is just a useful guide that scientists use to determine its length.”

“If you see a cloud that has clouds of the same color. It’s because those clouds grow at the same rate,” Mark Lemon, an astronomer at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said in a NASA announcement.

“Curiosity’s cloud images give us a new perspective. While our rovers and helicopters send us amazing pictures of the planet’s rocky surface, Curiosity shows that the planet can be more colorful than we thought.”


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