Bizarre! A duck! On Mars? Look what NASA Curiosity Rover just shot

    NASA’s Curiosity Rover has captured a bizarre image of a duck on Mars. Here's more about it.
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    | Updated on: Nov 10 2022, 15:08 IST
    Awesome NASA photo of Mars- Just check it out
    1/5 This amazing image of Mars with blue ripples reveals the secret of the red planet’s winds, says NASA. (NASA)
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    2/5 NASA wrote in the image’s post ““There are tiny ripples on the tops of the dunes, only several feet from crest-to-crest. These merge into larger mega-ripples about 30 feet apart that radiate outward from the dunes. The larger, brighter formations that are roughly parallel are called "Transverse Aeolian Ridges" (TAR). These TAR are covered with very coarse sand”. (NASA)
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    3/5 “All of these different features can indicate which way the wind was blowing when they formed. Being able to study such a variety so close together allows us to see their relationships and compare and contrast features to examine what they are made of and how they formed,” NASA further added. (NASA)
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    4/5 According to NASA, the blue colour was not added for effect but had an important reason behind it. On the right side the ripples appear in blue-green color while on the left side, it appears in bright blue because the wind is blowing faster on the left side of the image and the TAR appears in bright color. On the right side, the slower moving wind gives it an ocean green color. (NASA)
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    5/5 Just a month ago, NASA’s Mars Rover reported dust whirlwinds on Mars, known as Dust Devils. These whirlwinds got as big as 4 square kilometers and occurred multiple times a day. Therefore, to study the wind patterns, NASA added the blue colour to study the changing wind patterns on the red planet. (NASA)
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    This ‘Duck’ shaped rock was captured by NASA’s Curiosity Rover in the Mount Sharp region. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/AndreaLuck)

    Is that you Daffy Duck? That was our first thought when we had a glance at the latest image captured by NASA's Curiosity Rover! The rover has been on a Mars exploratory mission since its launch in 2011 and it has not only captured breathtaking snapshots of the barren planet, but has also discovered the potential signs that life may have existed on the planet. As is clear, the ‘Duck' that was captured is not a real creature, but it is certainly among the most bizarre things captured on the surface of the red planet. It looks like someone actually made it. Aliens?

    Earlier this year, the Martian rover spotted a spiked rock formation which formed as a result of the erosion of soil due to high-speed winds gusting on the Martian surface. Now, this bizarre duck shaped rock has left people bewildered. The Curiosity Rover captured this image on SOL 3628, in a region around Mount Sharp.

    According to NASA, the Curiosity Rover captures images with its Mast Camera, or MastCam for short, which takes colour images and video footage of the red planet's sandy terrain. The images are then stitched together to create panoramas of the landscape around the rover.

    NASA says, “One of the two MastCam camera systems has a moderate-resolution lens, similar to the PanCam on the Mars Exploration Rovers. The other camera system has a high-resolution lens in order to study the landscape far from the rover.”

    Curiosity Rover's journey to Mount Sharp

    Just a few weeks ago, NASA's Curiosity Rover made its long-awaited journey to the salty region of Mount Sharp. NASA suspects this region to be mineral-rich, calling it a “sulfate-bearing unit”. According to a NASA blog, scientists have believed this region was home to streams and ponds on Mars billions of years ago, which dried up and left minerals behind. If this theory is proved correct, it could provide a wonderful insight into the conversion of Mars from having Earth-like conditions to the barren sandy land it is today.

    Although the rover recently made the long trip through treacherous terrain of the Paraitepuy Pass surrounded by mountain ranges, this discovery was made more than a decade ago with the help of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Since arriving at its target region, the rover has already discovered many types of rocks and even signs of water, among minerals such as magnesium sulfate, calcium sulfate, and sodium chloride.

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    First Published Date: 10 Nov, 14:39 IST
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