Snow Patches Seen On Martian Dunes In Mesmerizing Image
It might be early summer in Mars, but patches of snow can be seen on its vast sand dunes in a stunning image captured by NASA.
“The North Pole of Mars is surrounded by a vast sea of sand dunes,” wrote NASA in a statement accompanying the release of the image on May 29.
“In this dune field, the dunes are covered by a seasonal cap of dry ice in the winter,” the space agency added.
The image was taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Launched in August, 2005, it carries the most powerful camera ever flown on a planetary exploration mission for homing in on details of Martian terrain with extraordinary clarity, according to a mission statement from NASA.