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Emily has just learned a new technique called ‘tweening’ to create smooth animation videos from a series of images that are not at a very high frame rate. She explains more about the technique on her blog post here and has promised a two-part “how to” explainer for those interested in learning how to do this for yourself.
The cloudy area shown on Mars is within Noachis Terra to the west of Hellas basin, around 45 degrees south, 38 east.
The images that compose this animation were taken on October 14, 2010, on Mars Express' 8676th orbit, and show an area within Noachis Terra to the west of Hellas basin, around 45 degrees south, 38 east.
A laser instrument designed to gather knowledge of how the atmosphere and surface interact on Mars has [color=limegreen]detected snow from clouds about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) above the spacecraft's landing site. Data show the snow vaporizing before reaching the ground.
Originally posted by TupacShakur
Yeah they're clouds, they cast a shadow on the ground.
Did you know it snows on Mars? When I found that out my mind was blown.
I wonder if these clouds are made of water vapor like on Earth, or CO2? I shall wonder no more, NASA thinks they're made of water-ice.