The Mars Curiosity rover has taken stunning pictures of sunset on the planet, the first colour images of the red planet’s blue evening light.

The images were taken on the rover’s 956th Martian day, or sol, on the planet — April 15, 2015. They will be used by scientists to study how dust is distributed across Mars’s atmosphere.

The blue colour of the images comes from the dust that sits across the planet’s atmosphere. Though the images were taken between dust storms, some of the material stays suspended in the atmosphere and gives the distinctive blue tinge to the pictures.

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