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NASA reveals stunning ‘blue dune’ image seen on Mars

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Mars may be known as the Red Planet, but it is a “blue dune” image from the NASA has released that has everyone talking.

NASA revealed an image of dune on Mar Lyot Crater region is improved to get a better look at the surface features of the fourth planet from the Sun.

The image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) “and shows a field of classic barchan dunes on Jan. 24, 2018,” NASA said in a statement. The photo was taken by the MRO’s HiRise camera.

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NASA added that this specific dune “is made of finer material and/or has a different composition than the surrounding area.”

Images of Mars to the attention of the public, particularly as the planet is currently a huge dust storm that poses a threat to NASA’s Mars activities.

Earlier this week, a composite selfie image from NASA’s Curiosity rover made by the scientist Seán Doran, during the above-mentioned dust storm, something NASA has the name “unprecedented.”

The dust storm has wreaked havoc on Mars, but the Curiosity rover has not hit, because it is based on plutonium and not have sunlight as an energy source. However, the Opportunity rover on Mars for almost 15 years, has not been so lucky, effectively going into hibernation during the storm.

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