Mars is, with its vast geography, a great stage for beautiful images. This time, NASA released an impressive photo of a sea of dunes on the red planet that resembles a magical landscape.
Released last Thursday, the image shows lines sculpted by the wind around the north polar cap of Mars. The section captured in the photo represents an area 31 kilometers wide, according to NASA. The sea of dunes, however, covers an area as large as Bahia.
The image is made of false colors, meaning the colors represent temperatures. The blue represents colder climates, and the shades of yellow mark "sun-warmed dunes," according to the U.S. space agency.
Sea of dunes surrounds the north polar cap of Mars (NASA / JPL-Caltech / ASU)
The photo is made from a combination of images captured by the Thermal Emission Imaging System instrument on the Mars Odyssey orbiter.
Captured during the period December 2002 to November 2004, the breathtaking images were released to mark the 20th anniversary of Mars Odyssey.
The Mars Odyssey orbiter is a robotic spacecraft circling Mars that uses a thermal imager to detect evidence of water and ice on the planet. It was launched in 2001, making it the oldest spacecraft in Mars history.
With information from Science Alert.