Waves on Mars? Sand Ripples in Striking Red Planet Photos

Space.com | 2/7/2017 | Staff
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Waves of sand on the parched surface of Mars, spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover, are reminiscent of ripples on the surface of a lake.

But new images from the Curiosity rover, released today (Feb. 6), show windswept stretches of sand that look like waves cresting on a body of water. The repeating ripples create a hypnotic pattern that stretches across the baked landscape.

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Curiosity has been scuttling around on the surface of Mars since August of 2012. In that...
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