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Blue Color Found on Mars, Dominates the Other Side of the Red Planet

May 09, 2016 10:42 AM EDT

The study of possible landing site for the Journey to Mars led scientists to find out further evidence that parts of the Red Planet is actually blue. The ridges of the Nili Fossae Trough, a candidate landing site, was photographed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and it shows blue, green and red patches.

A news report also confirmed that red is not the only color of Mars. Based from the photos released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) they said that the reveal Nili Fossae possess "one of the most colorful spots on the Red Planet."

NASA confirms that there is indeed an array of colors under the red planet's bedrock. The Nili Fossae region of the northwest side of Mars is the considered as one of the most colorful regions on the red planet. NASA explains that although the prominent color in Mars is the color red, the other shades such as blue found on the planet is due to the 'homogenized' dust. The composition of the rocks also affects the colors of the surface. NASA said the 'fantastic' colors of Nili Fossae can also be attributed to the rich geologic history of the area.

In another press release by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, they said that there are seven others possible landing site in Mars. But current studies are looking at this area. The Nili Fossae is a huge crack on the surface of Mars which is a result of a meteor impact. They suggest that the blue color found on Mars may have been due to various minerals found in the area

"The impact caused the Martian surface to deform. The region has one of the largest, most diverse exposures of clay minerals," stated the Mars Science Laboratory.

Again scientists are looking at possible water content in the minerals which might have caused the presence of the color blue. They equate the possibility of any life form in the presence of water on the surface of Mars. That's why scientists are eager to further delve into the compositions of the rocks found on the possible man's landing site on Mars.

The high-resolution image was taking by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera inside the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

With the advancement of technology, scientists were able to update the resources they have gathered about Earth's neighboring planets. A new technology like the HiRISE enables a better understanding of photographs taken from outer space. Hopefully, this will lead to more findings that will make man's landing on Mars feasible.


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