NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures First Ever Images of Sunset on Mars

Sunset on Mars

Have you ever wished to see how sunset takes place on Mars? No need to worry,  NASA’s Curiosity rover has captured stunning images of sunset on the red planet.

Three years ago, NASA lifted off Mars Curiosity rover to explore the red planet. The space probe touched the surface of Mars in the month of August. Since then, the rover is continuously analyzing the planet.

Initially, NASA has planned a two years long mission for Curiosity. However, the US space agency has extended the mission for unlimited time period.

For the first time, Curiosity rover has sent four images of sunset on the red planet. The rover snapped these images through Mast Camera (Mastcam). The images were captured during a dust storm on the 15th of April.

The sunset of Mars is entirely different from the one on Earth. The sunset on Earth is usually yellowish orange in color. In comparison, the Mars sunset is quite spectacular but in blue color.

Mark Lemmon, a member of curiosity science team, describes the sunset. He states that the blue color of sunset was the result of dust particles.  The proper amount of particles allowed blue light to penetrate in the atmosphere. In addition, the light was present at a closer direction of the sun as compared to the light of other colors.

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