NASA’s Just Released The Most Stunning Picture of Mars Ever

NASA’s released an absolute stonker of an image showing blue sand dunes as part of an anniversary set of pgotos.


What does it take to photograph Mars in blue... To take a picture of Mars polar cap in such a way that has never been possible or done before! What indeed... Read on for a great bit of information on just what NASA has to do to bring you these types of exquisite space photography.



Colour photos of Mars polar cap of blue sand dunes.


A colorized image of sand dunes at Mars's northern polar cap.


Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/ASU.












It takes reflections but not just any old reflection, these are super reflections in the infrared spectrum which can only be picked up by a special sensory camera. It's even got a name, it's called THEMIS which stands for Thermal Emission Imaging System. 



NASA uses a satellite with a special camera to take the photos.


Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/ASU.


The picture shows the sand dunes covering the planet’s northern polar cap, where temperatures can reach as low as -150C (-238F).


NASA says the sand dunes actually cover an area the size of Texas, the second largest US state, which has an area of about 695,662 km².


THAT'S INSANELY LARGE OF AN AREA! IT'S ENOUGH FOR NASA TO GET LOST!


The image, released for the first time on Thursday, covers an area roughly 19 miles wide.


WHAT ELSE DO YOU KNOW THAT IS 19 MILES WIDE, LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS ON FACEBOOK?


It was composed of several images taken from December 2002 to November 2004 by NASA’s Mars Odyssey Orbiter or MOO for short lol, which was responsible for the stunning photo.



FACTS ABOUT THE PHOTOS TAKEN BY THE "THEMIS MOO" lol.



It was taken by a Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on the Odyssey, which NASA says is able to view “infrared reflections from the Martian surface”.


NASA said the sand dunes image:


“is part of a special set of images marking the 20th anniversary of Odyssey, the longest-working Mars spacecraft in history”.



Take this opportunity to press on "full steam ahead" and perseverance will be your guide with the work that NASA’s been working on for decades and in the spirit of goodness and joy and things that don't last long which is a *Sojourner just know this opportunity to study Mars will last forever in the form of an epic photo.




Laura Kerber Quote:

“It’s hard to overstate how the THEMIS global map has filled gaps in our knowledge,” Laura Kerber, an Odyssey deputy project scientist working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explained in a NASA feature.



A colorized image of sand dunes at Mars's northern polar cap.


A colorized image of sand dunes at Mars's northern polar cap.


Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/ASU.


*A sojourner is a person who resides temporarily in a place.











Credit where credit is due: NASA/Independent/Canva/Ufosfootage/UFO Sightings Footage/Facebook/Google.

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