first_imgConsider this your daily reminder that the solar system is even more beautiful than you realised. And with the availability of fore-running technology, we have been discovering many interesting things from the advent of International Space Agency NASA.Out of many of those discoveries, Mars or the Red planet, stands as one of the most interesting subjects all the way. From the very beginning, there are a plethora of theories on the availability of water and oxygen on this nearby Red-planet.Once again NASA has given us an image from Mars, that will make us more excited about the neighbouring planet. NASA’s Mars orbiter has beamed back a stunning image of the red planet’s snow-covered dunes creating beautiful patterns over the rust coloured background.NASA The image was taken on May 21 in the Northern hemisphere of Mars by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on US space agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.Snow on the Red planet is differentUnlike on Earth, the snow and ice is carbon dioxide, better known to us as dry ice. When the Sun starts shining on it in the spring, the ice on the smooth surface of the dune cracks and escaping gas carries dark sand out from the dune below, often creating beautiful patterns.On the rough surface between the dunes, frost is trapped behind small sheltered ridges.NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was launched in 2005 and attained Martian orbit on March 10, 2006.(With inputs from PTI)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img

NASA releases a stunning image of snow-packed dunes on Mars

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