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NASA's probe orbiting Mars Has Just Released 2000+ Mind-blowing New Photos of the Red Planet

If it's quiet solitude and beauty you seek, there is no better place than the surface of Mars. Mars has, long ago, earned its jis moniker as the red planet, but the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) can transform the subtle differences of soils into a rainbow of colors.

For 10 years, HiRISE has recorded gorgeous- and scientifically valuable - images of Mars. 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.

We combed through 2,054 of the camera's latest pictures, released in AugustSeptember, and October, to bring you some of the best - and hopefully help you temporarily escape Earth.

A large chasm:

Some dark, rust-colored dunes in Russell Crater:

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

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.

Zebra skin. Just kidding, this is a dune field that's speckled with oval-shaped mineral deposits:

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

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

A North Pole dune field nicknamed "Kolhar," after Frank Herbert's fictional world.

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

A recent impact crater on Mars. (We're pretty sure no one put out a giant cigarette here.)

'Spiders' are eruptions of dust caused by the way the Martian surface warms and cools:

Cerberus Palus crater showing off layered sediments:

NASA keeps an eye of gullies like this for small landslides - and any water that melts in the warm sun to form darker-colored mud.

Another gully scientists are having HiRISE monitor:

Glacial terrain looks strangely iridescent:

A steep slope in Eastern Noctis Labyrinthus:

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

The creation of 'fans' around dunes may help scientists understand seasonal changes on Mars:

Another possible landing site for the Mars 2020 mission:

Terrain near the Martian equator:

Ceraunius Fossae is a region dominated by volcanic flows and large cracks:

Beautiful texture in the region called North Sinus Meridiani:

False colours assigned to certain minerals make Syria Planum an inky blue that's speckled with gold:

A crater on Arcadia Planitia, a large flat region of Mars:

Layers in Martian buttes found in a region called West Arabia:

A picture of Utopia Planitia, a large plain on Mars:

A bright speckle of minerals stands out on Galle (not Gale) Crater:

A small but recent impact crater:

This article was originally published by Business Insider.


  1. What's up with the Fake News?

    1. A lot of nice pictures from Mars - but the real interest should be when they start showing all life that live up there. The place are crawling with humans - small race and big rase - and a lot of alien type marsians .. animals - snakes - you name it. There are groups that shows many of those pictures - hundreds of pictures .. and I am waiting for Nasa to admitt to the life up there! They know. The planet is habitat for an whole sivilization that live under ground, but often comes up to the surface to get sun and air (and yes it is air there to and blue sky ... so why keep that from us?

    2. wow, your lot really loves to create silly fantasies in your mind with the minimal push eh?

    3. I'm pretty sure that if NASA really knew there was life on mars, they wouldn't be spending millions of dollars to keep trying to send First Contact messages out into space.

    4. Well Karen-Sofie, since you seem to be in possession of all the facts, why don't *you* tell us all about it? ...and if it's not too much trouble, try to present actual evidence, the kind that isn't "I saw it on Youtube".

    5. Karen-Sophie, NASA is not ready to publish these photos now. In any case, not yet ready.

  2. If you're gonna block out a spot of picture. Then I don't wanna see any of it.

    1. yeah, and not all cameras or picture collision work the same you know ...

    2. My husband is with you on this, Karen. He has shown me dozens of pictures from NASA of old rotting pyramids, boats, inscriptions of letters, and other relics indicating previous life. Whether life is there now, I do not know. But it sure looks like somebody lived there once upon a time.

  3. So I'm guessing the image which looks like water below the headline/title is not Mars, correct?

    1. It's a rendition of what a areal site — Gale Crater — might have looked like based on observed evidence of water-like erosion patterns.

    2. It is plenty water on Mars ! But nothing like our planet. They have made some of the water look like sand - but I saw people swimming in the sand (ha ha) - I knew it was water. Under ground there is plenty water.

    3. Pretty much. It's click-bait.

  4. Jesus Christ the other commentators on this page are either trolls or really really stupid.

  5. It is stunning how I HATE CLICKBAITS!

  6. Yep, clickbait... You utter morons, "spaceacademy". By using a completely false image as leader to your article, you've succeeded in discrediting every real photo that follows it. Well done you idiots, you've given the paranoid anti-science goons all the ammo they need.

  7. Yes Underground is where we will find life

  8. I am really looking forward to the day when photos are released showing what we all suspect to exist on Mars, i.e - Water and Lichen.

  9. Karen that's the Princes of Mars series not real life.

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