- NASA shared an image of the dunes surrounding the north polar cap of Mars.
- The false-color image shows a sea of blue dunes and wind-sculpted yellow lines on the red planet.
- The photo has been released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Mars Odyssey orbiter.
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On Thursday, NASA released a stunning photo of a sea of dunes on Mars.
It also shows wind-sculpted lines that surround the icy north polar cap of Mars.
The section captured in the shot represents an area 30 kilometers wide, NASA said. However, the sea of dunes covers an area as large as Texas.
The photo is a false color image, which means that the colors are representative of the temperatures. Blue represents colder climates and shades of yellow mark “sun-warmed dunes,” the US space agency wrote.
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The photo is made from a combination of images captured by the Thermal Emission Imaging System instrument on the Mars Odyssey orbiter, NASA wrote.
Captured during the period from December 2002 to November 2004, the stunning images have been released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Odyssey.
The Mars Odyssey orbiter is a robotic spacecraft that orbits Mars and uses a thermal imaging camera to detect evidence of water and ice on the planet.
It was launched in 2001, making it the longest-working Mars spacecraft in history.