'Blueberries' on Mars! Stunning Images Of The Red Planet

‘Blueberries’ on Mars! Stunning images of the red planet taken by Spirit and Opportunity rovers are revealed in a new exhibition

The discovery of Martian clusters, known as ‘blueberries’, a decade ago provided some of the first evidence of liquid water on the red planet.

This incredible close up, taken by the Mars Rover Opportunity, reveals these spheres embedded in Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin.

The image is part of an exhibition by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum presenting more than 50 of the best photographs from two rovers known as Spirit and Opportunity.

These hematite-rich spherules were embedded in this Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin and released over time by erosion. The Mars Rover Opportunity found this cluster at its Eagle Crater landing site and analysed their composition with its spectrometers. Hypotheses about their formation have contributed to the story of water on Mars
These hematite-rich spherules were embedded in this Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin and released over time by erosion. The Mars Rover Opportunity found this cluster at its Eagle Crater landing site and analysed their composition with its spectrometers. Hypotheses about their formation have contributed to the story of water on Mars

Ten years after Nasa landed the two rovers on Mars for a 90-day mission, one is still exploring, and the project has generated hundreds of thousands of images from the planet’s surface. 

The Mars Rover Opportunity found this ‘blueberry’ cluster at its Eagle Crater landing site and analysed the composition with its spectrometers.


 

Photographs part of exhibition by Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum opening in Washington tomorrow

Incredible close up shows spheres, dubbed blueberries, that may suggest ancient microbial life on the planet

Along with ‘blueberry’ clusters, the exhibition includes photographs of craters, dunes, dust clouds and meteorites

One image of the Martian sunset shows a bluish colour in the sky, which is usually pink in the daytime due to the reddish dust in the atmosphere. It turns blue at sunset – the opposite of Earth

The discovery of Martian clusters, known as ‘blueberries’, a decade ago provided some of the first evidence of liquid water on the red planet.

This incredible close up, taken by the Mars Rover Opportunity, reveals these spheres embedded in Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin.

The image is part of an exhibition by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum presenting more than 50 of the best photographs from two rovers known as Spirit and Opportunity.

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