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NASA Has Just Released 2,540 Stunning New Photos Of Mars, And They Will Take Your Breath Away

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If you’re looking to get lost and be amazed by incredible beauty, we prepared some astonishing images of the planet Mars!

Because of it’s deep reddish glow, Mars is also known as the Red Planet. The ancient Romans admired the planet for its color and the Egyptians called her “desher”, or “the red one”.

The camera they use, that has photographed hundred of pictures of the surface of Mars and its area for 10 years, is called HiRISE. Because of how detailed the photos are, it seems as if the scientists are examining the surface from within a few feet. On one of the pictures, you can even see remains of the recent crash of Europe’s Schiaparelli Mars lander.

2,540 pictures were released in August, September and October. Here are some of them:

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

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

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A large chasm

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Ancient bedrock

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Possible landing site for the Mars 2020 mission

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A rainbow colored sprinkling on a Martian slope

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Crater near Hydaspis chaos

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Central structure of impact crater

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Caterpillar dune region

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Candidate ExoMars landing site in Oxia Palus

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Aram chaos, heavily eroded impact crater on the planet Mars

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Crater with distinct infrared signature

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Crater with steep slopes

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Dunes in a Martian crater. The red bar is an artifact of Nasas image processing

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Dunes on crater floor

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Eos chasma

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False colors assigned to certain minerals make Syria Planum an inky blue that’s speckled with gold 

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Floor of double crater

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Layered deposit in Gale crater

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Mars in it’s two toned glory

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Mid latitude terrain 

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Monitoring sand movement

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Another possible landing site for the 2020 mission

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Painting with frost

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Potential lava flow

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Rock with terrace and shadow 

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Scientists think this might have been pieces blown away by an impact

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Search for Mars polar lander

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Monitoring of a slope

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Some dark rust colored dunes in Russell crater

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Spiders on mounds

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Those are not shadows. When buried dry ice turns to gas in warmer weather, it pushes up darker minerals to surface. Scientists call this location Inca city

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Wind shaped dunes on Mars crawl across cracked soil in Nili Patera. The green bar is leftover from processing the image

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The  same sand dunes in full color a couple of months later

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

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Steep slopes

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Crater near a region called Aonia Terra. Don’t you think it kinda looks like part of the Death Star?

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Dune field speckled with oval shaped mineral deposits

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Ithaca

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Well preserved impact crater

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Pretty incredible, don’t you agree?

Image source: Kevin Gill/Flickr

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. marcella i sweeney

    November 20, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    I’m astounded. Those are wonderful pics. You all have such great jobs!

  2. Emily Windsor-Cragg

    November 20, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    I’ve been studying Mars images for ten years. My background is digital imaging trainer for Xerox. There is absolutely nothing alive or real about any of these images. Mars is a tight sphere, and it has no flat horizon at all. You’re trying to fool us again. Piffle.

  3. Ron Daack

    November 21, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    I am not to impressed with all of this. Where may I ask do they get all of the names frm. Who names them. I can never see life at all on Mars.

  4. Shirley

    November 21, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    NASA here we go again, quite living in fools paradise and get this over with. And so true @Ron Daack who gave those places names?

  5. Yanislav

    November 22, 2017 at 5:18 AM

    Yeah yeah…. image leftovers… sure… 😀

  6. Elizabeth Gardner

    November 30, 2017 at 1:35 AM

    I love cosmic science and these are great photos. Most of the names come from the latin forms which is how earth was also named once. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out in the 2020 landing.

  7. Gregory

    December 4, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Thanks for your expertise!

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