Footage has emerged online showing the Red Planet from two different sides of a six-wheeled vehicle. Thanks to accelerated matter, which takes the form of a common time lapse, we see how the Sun travels in the Martian sky and what consequences it brings.
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The film was shot in 25 frames using Hazcam tools (Hazard avoidance cameras). The material dates back to November 8 last year and was recorded between 5:30am and 5:30pm. Then there was a solar conjunction with Mars that lasted for two weeks. In this case, the Sun is directly between Mars and Earth, making communication between Curiosity mission engineers and the rover itself impossible.
A Martian day lasts a little longer than an Earth day. We can see exactly what it looks like thanks to recordings made by the Curiosity spacecraft
The rover's front-facing camera footage shows the country's southeast along the Gedes Valles Valley, a valley that connects to the 5.5-kilometre-high Mount Sharp. Shot two in turn shows a view down the slopes of Mount Sharp, all the way to the bottom of Gale Crater. A Martian day is known as a sol, and in terms of duration it is surprisingly similar to what we have on Earth.
Mars rotates once every 24 hours, 37 minutes and 22 seconds. So a day there is about 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth. The issue of years is completely different, because the red planet revolves around the sun at a much greater distance than our planet. Thus, while the Earth year lasts about 365 days, the Martian year is almost twice as long, equivalent to 687 Earth days.
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Thanks to the Perseverance rover mission and its accompanying helicopters known as Ingenuity, scientists investigating the mysteries of Mars are getting more and more information about this object. It seems that millions or billions of years ago it was very similar to Earth, but over time the situation changed dramatically. Right now, the Red Planet is a cold world unfriendly to life as we know it.
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