Perseverance rover captures stunning image

Alien sunset on Mars: Perseverance rover captures stunning image

Image taken by the Perseverance rover

NASA’s Perseverance rover is constantly in motion, constantly capturing interesting images of the Martian landscape. During one of its recent snapshots, the intrepid robot captured a mesmerizing extraterrestrial sunset, casting a unique cool blue glow on the red planet’s sky.

The image was shared by a Twitter handle named Mars Mission Images Bot with the caption, “Perseverance rover image captured with NavCam Mars NASA Space on Sol842 at 5:04:58.610.”

According to the Science Alert portal, this image is unlike any sunset you’ll see here on Earth, and there’s a good reason for that. Mars is further from the Sun than Earth, which means the light on this nearby planet is not nearly as powerful; At best, it receives less than half the amount of sunlight we do. The image also shows a circle at the center of the Sun.

Furthermore, Mars has only a fraction of Earth’s atmospheric composition, composed primarily of carbon dioxide, with only trace amounts of nitrogen and a small amount of oxygen.

According to the space agency, a major objective of Perseverance’s mission to Mars is astronomy, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and will be the first mission to collect and store Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).

Subsequent NASA missions, in collaboration with ESA (European Space Agency), will send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.

The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Moon-to-Mars Exploration Approach, which includes an Artemis mission to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

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