The Rover Perseverance by NASA captured his first view of a sunset on mars. In a dim ghostly light, the sun sets behind the hills in Jezero Crater, a place where scientists believe was once flooded with water.
On Twitter, the space agency explained the dull colors of this sunset. In short, there was not much dust in the atmosphere when the rover looked up and took a photo. If there is more dust in the atmosphere (and Mars is a notoriously dusty desert planet), more wavelengths of blue light pass through the dust than other colors.
“Fine dust in the atmosphere allows blue light to penetrate the atmosphere more efficiently than colors with longer wavelengths,” explained the NASA on his Twitter account.
“This sunset looks different: less dust in the atmosphere resulted in a duller color than average.”
Sunset on Mars was finally captured
The rover has been quite busy as it traverses the rocky Martian terrain, so it had not yet noticed the sunset. Perseverance’s main mission is look for signs of ancient and past microbial life, something no rover has found.
This means intensively investigating rocks that might harbor signs of life in the past, such as organic materials that microbes may have once eaten.
The Perseverance rover has also started collecting rocks for a future mission to transport them back to Earth. So far, NASA has ordered the rover to store three rock samples in titanium tubes. One day, these alien rocks may give planetary scientists a good idea if there ever was life in pools of Martian water, glowing under eerie Martian sunsets, even in days gone by NASA’s perseverance discovered something “never seen before” In mars.
What are the characteristics of the planet Mars?
Mars is a desert planet and cold. It is half the size of Earth, and is also called the “red planet.” It is red from the rusty iron on the ground. Like Earth, the red planet has seasons, polar caps, volcanoes, canyons, weather and even sunrises, even the perseverance rover was able to capture a sunset on mars.
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