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20 Images From Mars That Will Forever Change How You See The Red Planet

4 Dec 2017, 15:01 UTC
20 Images From Mars That Will Forever Change How You See The Red Planet NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
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Ridges, dunes, craters, and geological layers are all visible in this single, high-resolution image from Mars’ HiRISE camera. Every image is shown in enhanced color to best bring out the contrasting features. Image credit: NASA / JPL / University of Arizona.Thanks to NASA’s HiRISE camera, prepare to see Mars in a whole new light.Twelve years ago, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched.The descent of Mars Science Laboratory (i.e., the Curiosity Rover) was caught by the HiRISE camera, which has also imaged Spirit, Opportunity, the Phoenix lander, and many other human-created probes. Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.With its HiRISE camera on board, it’s covered the world many times over, catching the descent and landing of the Curiosity rover.Recent simulations indicate that Phobos, shown here, will de-orbit and impact Mars. Further extrapolation indicates that Mars may have once had a third, larger moon that already fell back to the red planet. Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.It helped show that Phobos (above) and Deimos (below) resulted from impacts, not asteroid capture.The smaller martian moon, Deimos, has features such as craters, composition, and orbital properties that place it in line with Mars, rather than with a captured asteroid. Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.It even caught ...

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