The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, aka MRO, takes daily pics of Mars, and the fantastic thing is that these are taken in mind-blowing details.
The pics are then showcased by the University of Arizona is a “picture of the day” gallery.
New Mars photo shows sand dunes and more
On Sunday, December 1, the university astronomers shared an amazing image of sand dunes and rocks that are formed from the ancient Martian volcanism.
The Mars photo was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment aka HiRISE.
This is a joint operation between NASA and the University of Arizona that’s designed to study the evolution of the landscape of the Red Planet.
The latest photo that we mentioned shows sand dunes from one of the largest canyon systems that are present in the solar system.
Express.co.uk notes that the HiRISE team stated the following: “This color-infrared image shows sand dunes in Melas Chasma, located within the Valles Marineris canyon system.”
They reportedly continued and said:
“The dark-blue and purple colors indicate coarse-grained sands that are comprised of basalt, iron and magnesium-rich volcanic rock that formed from cooled lava millions of years ago when volcanism was an active process on Mars.”
It’s been also revealed that migrating sand dunes can result in the erosion and excavation of underlying material.
It seems that repeated imaging of dunes could also be showing some changes that mean there are active processes on the surface of the Red Planet that are related to wind climate and patters.
Check out more details on Express.co.uk.’s original article.
Life on Mars controversy
Mars was recently in the spotlight when a former NASA scientist told the world that life has already been discovered on the Red Planet. This has obviously blown up the whole Internet.
We revealed that the expert reportedly made the shocking claim that life has been already found on Mars back in the 1970s.