Fascinating Photos of the Dunes of Mars after the arrival of Summer on the Red Planet

Fascinating Photos of the Dunes of Mars after the arrival of Summer on the Red Planet

The dunes of Mars are almost free of their seasonal ice cap due to the arrival of the Martian summer, some ice can still be seen in the areas protected by the shade.Mars Pictures

After seven months of a 480 million kilometers travel, NASA’s Perseverance rover will land over Jezero crater on Mars this Thursday.

A space view of the planet Mars
A space view of the planet Mars
A frozen area of ​​Mars
A frozen area of ​​Mars

After penetrating the atmosphere of the red planet at high speed, a gigantic parachute will stop the ship and retro rockets will stabilize the platform a few meters above the ground, to deposit the rover thanks to a rope system: this will last 7 minutes.

Mars and Earth have similar seasons

Mars and Earth have similar seasons.

The rover’s main mission is to search for traces of past life on the red planet. Experts hope to find fossils of bacteria or microbes.

View of the Martian surface
View of the Martian surface
Mars can reach temperatures of 20 degrees during the day in summer
Mars can reach temperatures of 20 degrees during the day in summer

The axis of Mars is tilted 25.2º, an inclination very similar to that of the Earth’s axis. Therefore, the seasons of both planets are very similar.

Mars is known as the red planet

Mars is known as the red planet.Summers on Mars last twice as long as on Earth

Summers on Mars last twice as long as on Earth.

One important difference is that since the year on Mars lasts 687 days, the seasons are almost twice as long.

The year on Mars lasts 687 days

The year on Mars lasts 687 days.

Another influential factor for the manifestation of the seasons is the elliptical orbit of Mars, which makes the northern hemisphere more temperate than the southern hemisphere.

Night temperatures on Mars during winter can reach -80 degrees Celsius
Night temperatures on Mars during winter can reach -80 degrees Celsius
The dunes of Mars have thawed during the summer
The dunes of Mars have thawed during the summer

Summers in the south are hot and fast, while winters are cold and long.

Part surface view
Part surface view
Mars is normally a cold planet

Mars is normally a cold planet.infobae-image

During the Martian summer the hottest moment can reach temperatures of up to 20ºC during the day and drop to -80ºC at night.

Rocks of mars
Rocks of mars
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However, the change from one season to another is not very noticeable. With some exceptions such as the variation in the size of the polar ice caps or the greater presence of dust storms during the summer.

A crater on Mars
A crater on Mars
A footprint on Mars
A footprint on Mars
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View to the rocks of Mars
View to the rocks of Mars
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Bruce Dorminey
I'm a science journalist and host of Cosmic Controversy (brucedorminey.podbean.com) as well as author of "Distant Wanderers: the Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System."  I primarily cover aerospace and astronomy. I’m a former Hong Kong bureau chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and former Paris-based technology correspondent for the Financial Times newspaper who has reported from six continents. A 1998 winner in the Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards (AJOYA), I’ve interviewed Nobel Prize winners and written about everything from potato blight to dark energy. Previously, I was a film and arts correspondent in New York and Europe, primarily for newspaper outlets like the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and Canada's Globe & Mail. Recently, I've contributed to Scientific American.com, Nature News, Physics World, and Yale Environment 360.com. I'm a current contributor to Astronomy and Sky & Telescope and a correspondent for Renewable Energy World. Twitter @bdorminey