Get ready for a wonderful journey through some stunning images of the planet Mars!
Because of its deep reddish glow, Mars is also known as the Red Planet. The ancient Romans used to admire the planet for its color and the Egyptians used to call her “desher”, or “the red one”.
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 searched through 2,054 of the camera’s latest pictures, released in August, September, and October, to present you some of the best among them – get ready to 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.