Mars dunes shine blue in strange new Red Planet image

NASA’s veteran Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a stunning image of a Martian dune field that reveals intricate details that might help scientists learn more about weather patterns in the Red Planet’s past. 

The image, which is in false color, captures an area inside Gamboa Crater, a large impact basin near Chryse Planitia north of Mars‘ equator. The blue coloring is a result of image processing designed to accentuate the dune field’s complex features, including tiny ripples that line the tops of the larger dunes. 


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