Capture the clouds flowing in the Mars sky
“Thin dry atmosphere… difficult to form clouds”
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled an image of Mars clouds taken by Mars exploration rover’Curiosity’ on the 28th (local time).
Clouds flowing over the red surface resemble the earth. According to NASA, Mars is a thin, dry atmosphere that rarely creates clouds. However, because Mars also has an atmosphere and water vapor, it has a requirement for clouds to form. Mars clouds are known to form mainly near the equator during the coldest period of the year.
“The (iridescent) color comes from cloud particles that are about the same size,” said Mark Lemon, an atmospheric scientist at the Space Science Institute.
In the black and white photo sent by Rover Curiosity, the fine ripples of the Mars cloud can be seen more clearly.
Curiosity arrived at the Mars Gale Crater in August 2012, and it is already 9 years since Earth time.
The mission is to find traces of ancient life beyond Earth. Until now, Curiosity has been constantly moving and analyzing the geology and soil of Mars. A rock sample is taken by drilling a hole in the surface with a drill at the end of the arm.
In fact, Curiosity made an achievement long ago by discovering traces of water flowing on Mars and evidence of methane gas and organic compounds necessary for life to exist.
Meanwhile, the rover’Perseverance’, which arrived on Mars in February, and the’Insight’, which landed in 2018, are also exploring Mars.
Electronic Newspaper Internet Reporter Minha Yang ([email protected])