The eye-catching snap, captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows an accumulation of "barchan" (or crescent-shaped) sand dunes on the Lyot Crater -a large crater in the Vastitas Borealis region of the Red Planet.
NASA has shared a stunning image of a field of finely-marked turquoise sand dunes smeared across the floor of a Martian crater.
The U.S. space agency added that the particular dune "is made of finer material and/or has a different composition than the surrounding".
NASA launched the MRO into space in 2005 to study the history of water on Mars. NASA is required to make the images public and posts them on Flickr. Weather, clouds, winds, asteroid impacts, dust devils, storms, and even the momentum of the planet change the landscape to create interesting shapes.
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The images show a diverse, but apparently lifeless landscape.
Mars has been lovingly referred to as the Red Planet and for good reason, so it's important to remember that the lovely azure color that people are seeing isn't really there, and that enhancing the dune by giving it a blue hue was the best way for NASA to show viewers that the material in the Lyot Crater is of a much different variety than elsewhere on the planet. The climate of Mars averages around minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit with an atmosphere around 100 thinner than earth's.
The image was taken by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) "and shows a field of classic barchan dunes on January 24, 2018", NASA said in a statement. The sand falls down one side of the pile, making a sharp top to the dune.
The storm's intensity - how much dust and debris is in the air - it's uniform across the planet, and some areas are darker than others.