NASA Just Released 1,035 New Images Of Mars – Here Are Some Of The Best

Mars definitely deserves its ‘Red Planet’ nickname, since it’s basically covered in reddish-brown rust.

But scientists use such a range of photographing techniques that the planet can end up a rainbow of colors.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter started circling the planet in 2006, and since then its camera has been busy capturing gorgeous — and scientifically valuable — images of Mars.

That camera, called HiRISE, takes images so detailed scientists can examine the planet’s features at the scale of just a few feet.

We combed through the camera’s latest update to find some of the most beautiful pictures. Scientists haven’t had a chance to dig their teeth into them yet — but when they do, who knows what incredible discoveries they’ll make.

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

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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

Cerberus Palus crater showing off layered sediments.

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.

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

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

Terrain near the Martian equator.

Steep-sided craters on a Martian plain.

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