NASA’s Curiosity rover shared a stunning new image of Martian clouds. The monochrome image was captured by the vehicle-mounted camera on the rover, showing gray clouds hovering over the cliff named Mont Mercou at dusk. In a blog post, NASA stated that this photo was taken on sol 374 (a day on Mars is called sol), an area that has just begun to witness a cloudy season and the possibility of evening clouds forming at this time Higher than usual. The rover is detecting the composition and texture of the Martian surface.
Sharing the snapshot, NASA said: “Quick! Stop scrolling. What you see here are not only dark clouds, but also Martian clouds.
Some Twitter users want to know what it means to have a cloud on Mars? Do they imply the presence of water or only dust particles?
But… why are there clouds on Mars? Are they made of water vapor or other substances?
— V | wfh ???? (@k3rnelpanic) March 30, 2021
Martian cloud? Are they made of water vapor like the earth’s clouds? Or are they made of blowing dust and sand that look like earth clouds?
— Daniel Haas (@danhaas95) March 30, 2021
A Twitter user subsequently tried to solve this problem by posting an old tweet from the Curiosity rover, which stated that the Martian atmosphere “has water ice clouds for most of the year.”
In July 2018, researchers found evidence for the first time that a large amount of liquid water and lakes may be buried on the Red Planet. Two years later, they confirmed their findings and stated that there may be three such lakes on Mars. However, not all scientists believe that the area identified in 2018 is liquid water. These findings, if confirmed, may be an important milestone in seeking to determine whether life exists there.
In a blog post, NASA stated that its environmental theme group is using the cloudy season in the Gale Crater area where the Curiosity rover is currently roaming to observe and analyze cloud and cloud formation. The team also tried to capture images of the hill from as many sides as possible to understand how this amazing outcrop formed.
The Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars in 2012. The main purpose is to determine whether Mars is suitable or once suitable for life.