NASA's Curiosity Rover Snaps Spectacular Color Photos of a Martian Sunset

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 1:22PM
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 1:22PM
NASA's Curiosity Rover Snaps Spectacular Color Photos of a Martian Sunset
NASA's Curiosity rover is about to celebrate three years on Mars this summer, and it's already gathered countless groundbreaking images of the Red Planet. But now, we can add another to that list, as it has captured the first color images of a Martian sunset.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Snaps Spectacular Color Photos of a Martian Sunset

The images were taken from Gale Crater, right in between two dust storms. The sunset marked the end of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol, on April 15.

"The colors come from the fact that the very fine dust is the right size so that blue light penetrates the atmosphere slightly more efficiently," said Curiosity team member Mark Lemmon in a statement. "When the blue light scatters off the dust, it stays closer to the direction of the sun than light of other colors does. The rest of the sky is yellow to orange, as yellow and red light scatter all over the sky instead of being absorbed or staying close to the sun."

Curiosity took four images over the span of six minutes and 51 seconds, captured the entire sunset. An animation of the collection of images can be seen below, courtesy of NASA

NASA's Curiosity Rover Snaps Spectacular Color Photos of a Martian Sunset

Via International Business Times.
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