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Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter started its mission in 2006 and NASA recently released some new photos that were taken by the orbiter. There's still so much that we don't know about Mars but luckily pictures like this help the human race learn more about the incredible red planet.

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

1 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

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


2 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Cerberus Palus crater showing off layered sediments.


3 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Glacial terrain looks strangely iridescent.


4 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

A steep slope in Eastern Noctis Labyrinthus


5 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

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



6 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

A possible landing site for the Mars 2020 mission NASA wants to launch in a few years.


7 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

The Tharsis region, which is the most volcanic part of Mars.


8 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Terrain near the Martian equator.


9 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Steep-sided craters on a Martian plain.


10 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

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


11 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

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


12 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Beautiful texture in the region called North Sinus Meridiani.


13 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Wind-shaped features on Mars — the green bar is leftover from processing the image.


14 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

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


15 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

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


16 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

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


17 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

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


18 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Mars in all its two-toned glory.


19 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Seasonal dunes on Mars nicknamed "Buzzel."


20 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Ridges cross the Nepenthes Mensae region, which is often referred to as a river delta for the striking pattern.


21 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

The edges of a debris apron, where cliff material eroded away.


22 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Alluvial fans are some of the evidence that scientists used to confirm there was once water on Mars.


23 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

A small but recent impact crater.


24 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Scientists use HiRISE to monitor how gullies change over time, which could help them figure out what created them.


25 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Exposed bedrock on the Capri Chasma, which may once have been filled with floodwaters.


26 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

"Spiders" are eruptions of dust caused by the way the Martian surface warms and cools.


27 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Eos Chasma is part of Valles Marineris, the largest canyon on Mars.


28 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Another gully scientists are having HiRISE monitor.


29 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

A pedestal crater, where a crater has eroded away at different rates based on different rock types.


30 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Watching Mars defrost.


31 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Measuring changes in albedo, or how much light is reflected off the surface.


32 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

A basin floor.


33 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

A possible landing site for the Mars 2020 mission.


34 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

A sinuous ridge on fretted terrain, which may be evidence of Mars' glacial past.


35 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Fractures in Utopia Planitia line up eerily neatly.


36 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Scientists think these may be pieces of rock blown away by an impact.


37 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Yardangs, which are sharp ridges scraped away by Mars' harsh winds.


38 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)

Near the North Pole, in an area nicknamed "Windy City."


39 Interesting Photos Of Mars Taken By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (39 pics)


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№1 Author: kryptor (9 Aug 2016 09:51) Total user comments: 4712


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I wonder if we humans will visit Mars within my lifetime?
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