NASA Just Released 2,540 New Photos of Mars—and they are Absolutely Stunning!

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Who knew Mars was this beautiful?

Mars is known to be the ‘red planet’. But the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows that Mars’ surface has different beautiful colors—and we’re giving you a chance to take a peek at some of them!

For 10 years, HiRISE has recorded gorgeous—and scientifically valuable—images of Mars, released in August, September, and October. Its photos are so detailed that scientists can examine the planet’s features at the scale of just a few feet, including the recent crash site of Europe’s Schiaparelli Mars lander.

Here are a few of those Mars’ photos:

 

Some dark, rust-colored dunes in Russell Crater

 

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NASA might land its next nuclear-powered Mars 2020 rover mission here.

 

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A recent impact crater on Mars.

 

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Cerberus Palus crater showing off layered sediments

 

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Carbon dioxide that turns from solid to gas carves out these strange shapes at Mars’ south pole

 

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Glacial terrain looks strangely iridescent

 

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A North Pole dune field nicknamed “Kolhar,” after Frank Herbert’s fictional world.

 

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A possible landing site for the ExoMars 2020 mission, which the European Space Agency is running.

 

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False-coloring this image makes a giant dune and its gullies look blue.

 

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This is a dune field that’s speckled with oval-shaped mineral deposits

 

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The black splotch is where the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli Mars lander crashed. The white specks, pointed out with arrows, are pieces of the lander.

 

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Dunes in a Martian crater. The red bar is an artifact of NASA’s image processing

 

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‘Spiders’ are eruptions of dust caused by the way the Martian surface warms and cools

 

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Wind-shaped dunes on Mars crawl across cracked soil in Nili Patera

 

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Mars in all its two-toned glory



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