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Solar Eclipse caught on Mars

by Genesis Eririoma

NASA’s rover named Perseverance has sent to earth stunning images of the planet Mars experiencing a solar eclipse. The images show Mars’ moon Phobos crossing the face of the sun The Trumpet gathered.

The eclipse which lasted 40 minutes, shorter than a normal solar eclipse on earth involving its moon, is said to have taken place on the 397th Martian day of the Perseverance rover on the planet.

The rover equipped with next-generation Mastcam-Z camera has been on Mars since February 2021. The images however were captured on the 2nd of April.

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Speaking, Rachel Howson of Malin Space Science Systems located in San Diego, a member of the Mastcam-Z team who operates the camera said “I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this amazing”.

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