Colourful clouds spotted on Mars by Curiosity Rover: NASA

The Curiosity Rover which was developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and dropped via rocket on the planet Mars has captured images of shining clouds on the planet. This will help the scientists researching about the planet to know more about the planet Mars. Mars is also known as the red planet.

About the clouds

  • Researchers are now studying about the clouds which had arrived earlier and formed in a higher location than was expected.
  • According to NASA cloudy days are very rare in the thin and dry atmosphere of the planet Mars.
  • Generally, on the planet the clouds are formed at the equator of planet, during the coldest time of the year. This denotes that clouds are formed only when the planet is farthest from the Sun in the oval-shaped orbit it follows.

About Curiosity

  • Curiosity is a Mars rover that is the size of a car and was developed to explore the Gale crater on the planet which is a part of the NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission.
  • This rover was launched from Cape Canaveral in the month of November in the year 2011.
  • The rover landed on the Gale crater located on the Aeolis Palus region on the planet in the month of August in the year 2012.

The rover was launched into the planets crater to study the geology and climate of the plant. Its primary task is to investigate the role of water on the planet and conduct habitability studies on Mars. The rover is also assessing whether the selected field site inside the Gale crater had ever supported environmental conditions to support microbial life.

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