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TechnologyNASA rover sees bewitching night-shining clouds on Mars

09:30  06 june  2019
09:30  06 june  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The night - shining clouds are beautiful, but they can also tell scientists a lot about what's happening up above the rover , including how much water vapor there is in atmosphere. Curiosity isn't the only NASA machine that enjoys a bit of cloud -watching. The InSight lander shared some soothing cloud images

NASA 's Curiosity rover has observed clouds moving across the Martian sky on 17 July 2017. A sequence of eight images were taken over a span of four minutes

It's just another twilight on Mars. You're a rover, kicking back after a long day of science, gazing up at the clouds. Sometimes it's the simple moments that are the most stunning.

NASA's Curiosity rover has been in skygazing mode lately, sending back ethereal visions of noctilucent (night shining) clouds. Curiosity team member Claire Newman highlighted the rover's late-May sky view in a mission update on Wednesday.

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Curiosity Mars Rover . Night - Shining Clouds . In the late spring and summer, unusual clouds form high in the atmosphere above the polar regions of the world. Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory map by Joshua Stevens, using Polar Mesospheric Cloud data from the University of Colorado

The noctilucent clouds are "so high that they're still illuminated by the sun, even when it's night at the surface and any lower cloud layers are already in shadow," Newman wrote. Mars is heading into a cloudy season, making this a prime time for watching the atmosphere.

Image processors Justin Cowart and Seán Doran gifted us a video version of the recent clouds that makes it feel like you're standing on Mars.

The night-shining clouds are beautiful, but they can also tell scientists a lot about what's happening up above the rover, including how much water vapor there is in atmosphere.

Curiosity isn't the only NASA machine that enjoys a bit of cloud-watching. The InSight lander shared some soothing cloud images earlier in the year.

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Noctilucent clouds in motion in Mars ’ sky, seen by the Curiosity rover , Sol 2410. Curiosity captured these clouds on Sol 2410 (May 18, 2019). The clouds are sunlit although the sun has set; they’re noctilucent clouds or night - shining clouds . The animation was assembled from 3 sets of 3 Navcam

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Curiosity is currently checking out a clay-rich area in the Gale Crater and recently sent back a fresh selfie. So what's next? More science and more beautiful days on Mars.

NASA rover sees bewitching night-shining clouds on Mars© NASA/JPL-Caltech
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