Blue dunes of Mars shown in the picture

Blue dunes of Mars shown in the picture

Mars is now under the grip of a massive dust storm that has turned the landscape blood red.

Over the past few days, Mars Curiosity Rover has been sending photographs of the Mars' surface, confirming that the dust storm on Mars has grown in size and that it's now surrounding the entire Red Planet.

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This dune photograph was originally taken back at the end of January 2018, but NASA only just got around to releasing it - had the photo been taken recently, it would look blurrier due to the aforementioned dust storm which is now encircling the entire planet.

The storm that has covered part of the Red Planet has recently covered all of it, making the sky dusty and turning the day into night.

The space agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured the image which dates back to January this year.

However, the Curiosity rover has not been affected yet, according to a Fox News report.

Massive storms are quite rare in Mars, but dust storms happen roughly the same time every year during early spring to summer. The images show that it started in the beginning of June as a major regional-scale atmospheric event and began expanding along the northern hemisphere from eastern Tharsis / Elysium regions around June 4.

"The largest impact is to the rover's cameras, which require extra exposure time due to the low lighting".

Last week, NASA disclosed that it lost contact with the "Oppy" rover, adding that the engineers do not expect to hear back from the robot until the skies begin to clear above it.

Interestingly, this dune has a more complex structure than the others.

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