By Dr. Alfredo Carpineti / iflscience.com
Missions to Mars, especially recent ones, have done a spectacular job at making us feel like the Red Planet is a real place that we can walk on, that some of us might even one day visit. While we have incredible photos and 360° panoramas galore, it’s often the littlest things that make it so familiar yet alien.
The latest is this great GIF of wispy clouds passing overhead on Mars. The images were taken by NASA’s Curiosity and stitched together by Professor Paul Byrne, an associate professor of planetary science at North Carolina State.
The eight images were taken by the industrious rover’s right navigation camera over a period of 5 minutes on March 19. Apart from the clouds passing overhead, we see in the foreground a layered sediment cliff that the Curiosity science team have called “Mont Mercou”.