It's just another twilight on Mars. You're a rover, kicking back after a long day of science, gazing up at the clouds. Sometimes it's the simple moments that are the most stunning.
NASA's Curiosity rover has been in skygazing mode lately, sending back ethereal visions of noctilucent (night shining) clouds. Curiosity team member Claire Newman highlighted the rover's late-May sky view in a mission update on Wednesday.
The noctilucent clouds are "so high that they're still illuminated by the sun, even when it's night at the surface and any lower cloud layers are already in shadow," Newman wrote. Mars is heading into a cloudy season, making this a prime time for watching the atmosphere.
Image processors Justin Cowart and Seán Doran gifted us a video version of the recent clouds that makes it feel like you're standing on Mars.
The night-shining clouds are beautiful, but they can also tell scientists a lot about what's happening up above the rover, including how much water vapor there is in atmosphere.
Curiosity isn't the only NASA machine that enjoys a bit of cloud-watching. Theearlier in the year.
Curiosity isin the Gale Crater and recently . So what's next? More science and more beautiful days on Mars.