NASA has released a new image of the blue dunes of Mars and it’s quite a sight

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NASA Perseverance rover Mars images


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NASA has released a new image of the blue dunes of Mars and it looks more like an alien planet from Mass Effect than a planet from our own solar system. The image below was taken using several photos captured by NASA’s oldest Mars spacecraft, the Mars Odyssey Orbiter, between December 2002 and November 2004. ‘an image created by combining multiple photos captured by the Odyssey’s thermal emission imaging system and while it may not be obvious from looking at it, the image below covers 30 km of the Red Planet landscape .

The blue dunes of Mars, Photo credit: NASA

“A sea of ​​dark dunes, sculpted by the wind in long lines, surround the north polar cap of Mars and cover an area as large as Texas,” read the NASA post on the image. “In this false color image, areas with cooler temperatures are recorded in bluer hues, while warmer features are represented in yellows and oranges. Thus, the dark, sun-heated dunes glow a golden color. “

While the dunes aren’t exactly blue as the image suggests, it’s yet another great look at the landscape of Mars, which has been NASA’s focus lately. NASA has landed its latest rover. on Mars, Perseverance, on the Red Planet less than two months ago and a day later, NASA released the world’s first images of Perseverance. Because Perseverance is equipped with microphones, we now know what the surface of Mars looks like too and spoilers, there is no heavy metal to hear despite what Doom made us believe.

Sights and Sounds of Mars from NASA’s Rover Perseverance

NASA made the talk of Mars by hiding a secret message on the Perseverance parachute. Between this secret message, hearing the surface of Mars for the first time and seeing its blue dunes, now is the perfect time to take an interest in the red planet.

In case that isn’t enough, NASA’s very first Mars helicopter is expected to make its initial flight in two days, giving everyone on Earth a new perspective of the planet from 15 feet high.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance writer, guide and science guru for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter @LeBlancWes.

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