Incredible NASA Images Of Mars’ Surface

On June 8, 2019 by Lazer Horse

Mars, a distant cousin of earth, is a beautiful wasteland. Once home to running water, it now lies a desolate shell. However, barren landscapes are not necessarily boring, as the following images will demonstrate.

In 2005, NASA launched the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). In 2006, it joined four other functional orbiting spacecraft basking in rare proximity to Mars.

The MRO is still functioning, sending data back to NASA scientists. One of its roles is to help identify potential landing sites for any future missions to Mars’ surface.

NASA have published a series of fascinating photos of the surface of the red planet. Seeing an alien world in such fine detail still makes me giddy; it is incredible that a species that can’t even agree on whether pineapple should be on a pizza can achieve such jaw-dropping technological feats.

Below are a selection of some of the most beautiful and unusual images the MRO has captured to date:

Landslides in Mars’ Cerberus Fossae — a steep-sided set of troughs cutting through volcanic plains.
Referred to as brain terrain, these structures are still unexplained.
A selection of dunes near Nili Patera, a vast field of dunes.
Dunes in the Wirtz Crater, a crater that measures 120 kilometers in diameter
Roddy Crater, which features several large alluvial fans — triangular shaped deposits of material that was transported by water.
Aram chaos: a 280 kilometer-diameter impact crater within the Southern Highlands of Mars.
Layered ice at Mars’ north pole.
Barchan (crescent-shaped) dunes in Lyot Crater (236 kilometer diameter)
An impact crater, probably only around 10 years old, has triggered a slope streak (a dust avalanche).
The moving sands of Lobo Vallis
Gullies running from the Matara Crater, a particularly active region of Mars.
A mysterious, unexplained trough feature.

Wonderful, aren’t they?

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