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Mars Curiosity Discovers Barren 'Desert'

15/10/2014 14:13 BST | Updated 15/10/2014 14:59 BST

This incredible picture was taken by everyone's favourite Mars rover Curiosity as it arrives at the base of Mount Sharp.

After a nearly two year journey the NASA rover has finally reached its destination, the middle of the giant Gale Crater which at its centre contains the almighty 3.5 mile might Mount Sharp.

Before heading any further inwards Curiosity has been exploring the base of the mountain around a series of hills which appear to be made up of these small dunes.

gale crater dunes

While it was already known that the surface of Mars was windy this is an unprecedented view of what the weather has been doing to the Martian landscape.