NASA is back with another “photo of the day,” which is especially stunning. The photo shows the Martian sand dunes, which isn’t exactly an amazing feature considering how many times we’ve seen them in previous photos. However, this new image is different, as it includes a unique feature that increases the natural contrast in the environment.
According to NASA, the image shows sand dunes located in the northern plains of Mars, which are located at a high altitude and, in some cases, “climb up the slope of the crater.” The features in the main dune field are particularly smooth, messy, and stunning.
The dunes have dark earthy hues that accentuate the frosty edges. Container He explains that The streaks and other features of the sand dunes are the result of the transcendent snow that comes with “seasonal melt”.
The photo appears to show the grooves. NASA says the effect is the result of materials creating “wide slope motion” on the slopes of the crater. However, these “canyons” do not contain the features that would be found in canyons in other parts of the Red Planet, including cratered canals and cavities.
This is one of many notable images that NASA has shared within its curated Image of the Day collection, which includes everything from footage of the space agency’s work in technology to space observations and images from various Mars rovers. The public can find, browse, and download the images on the NASA website Here.