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“Blue dunes” witnessed on the Martian surface

At this time when the massive dust storm going on in Mars is on its way to engulf the entire planet, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a shocking imagery. NASA has reportedly unveiled a picture of a “blue dune” on the Red Planet.

This blue sand dune was witnessed in the Lyot Crater area of Mars and the United States space agency enhanced it for getting an improved glimpse of the features of the Red Planet. This picture was reportedly captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and as said by NASA, the image “shows a field of classic barchan dunes on Jan. 24, 2018.” For capturing this imagery, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used its efficient HiRise camera.

The U.S. space agency took a moment to describe this particular sand dune. As explained by NASA, this sand dune is formed of a finer component and/or possesses a distinct composition in comparison to the surrounding.

The present dust storm that is occurring in Mars has reportedly threatened all the Martian operations of NASA. This dust storm that is capable of reaching up to 40 miles in height, could possibly cover an area as big as the entire Russia and North America combined as a unity.

The heavy dust storm has forced the Opportunity rover of NASA to cease its activities. The Opportunity rover that has been working on the Martian surface for near about fifteen years, has reportedly entered into resting mode to save its batteries, which are recharged by sunlight. As the dust storm is obscuring the skies of the Red Planet, the solar panels of the Opportunity are not getting enough sunlight.

However, the Curiosity rover, which depends on plutonium rather than sunlight, is still unaffected and is sending regular information regarding the Martian dust storm to NASA. Previously in the current week, a selfie image was reportedly captured by the Curiosity rover of the space agency. The NASA researchers believe that the data from the Curiosity rover will be of great help is studying the cause behind the fact that some of the Martian storms tend to continue up to months and others end in just a few weeks.

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