NASA’s Perseverance rover has captured the image of Mars Clouds. Clouds grow brighter as they fill with crystals, shimmering as the sky darkens behind them in a remarkable display. While NASA’s Perseverance rover has been grabbing the attention of late, the Curiosity rover has remained on the red planet since it arrived in 2012.
After scientists noticed two years ago that clouds were forming above the rover earlier than expected, they prepared to start documenting these clouds when they appeared in late January. The photographs, captured on March 19, show clouds at a much higher altitude than the usual clouds, which are about 37 miles in the sky, meaning they are likely made of frozen carbon dioxide or dry ice.
NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity will take to the air again this weekend. Ingenuity’s handlers are prepping the 4-lb. Chopper for its seventh Martian flight, which will take place no earlier than Sunday June 6. The plan is to send Ingenuity to a new airfield, about 105 meters south of its current location on the floor of Jezero Crater.