NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Stunning Images of ‘Sun Rays’ and Iridescent Cloud on Mars
NASA’s Curiosity Rover, which has been exploring the Martian surface since 2012, has captured a stunning image of what appears to be sun rays on the Red Planet. This is the first time NASA has seen such a phenomenon on the Martian surface.
According to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the image was captured on April 15 and shows rays of light shining through the clouds on the surface of the planet. These rays are not actually from the sun, but rather from a combination of atmospheric conditions and the way that light is scattered on the planet’s surface.
In addition to the sun rays, Curiosity also captured an image of a feather-shaped iridescent cloud on Mars. The image, which was taken on April 9, shows a cloud that appears to glow with different shades of green and blue.
NASA scientists believe that the cloud may be made up of ice crystals, which reflect light in a way that creates the iridescent effect.
The images have been shared widely on social media, with many people sharing their amazement at the beauty of the Martian landscape.
Speaking about the images, Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: “These are the kinds of things that make you feel like you’re on another world, and that’s what we’re there for.”
Curiosity is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, which is aimed at studying the geology, atmosphere, and potential habitability of Mars. The rover’s findings have helped scientists gain a better understanding of the planet’s history and evolution, and its continued exploration is seen as a key step towards eventual human exploration and colonization of Mars.