We've always been led to believe that Mars is red. That's why it's nicknamed The Red Planet. But as you can see from these stunning new images recently released by NASA, the surface of Mars is actually a lot more colorful than we think.


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The images were taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which has been rotating the not-so-red planet since it was launched into space in 2005. Thousands of images have been beamed back to earth since then, but few are as impressive as this latest batch of pictures. Several factors (such as the sun's position to Mars, Mars' position to earth, and the Mars equinox) conspired to make photography conditions just right for the MRO, and the Orbiter was able to snap a total of 1,035 images with an incredible level of clarity. From gullies to dunes, valleys to slopes, the pictures reveal a very different Mars to the one of our imagination. Here's a list of some of our favorites. You can find the full collection here. (h/t: mymodernmet)

#1 Dunes Dubbed Kolhar

Dunes Dubbed Kolhar

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Prachi Adesara 3 months ago

Shut up that's a towel

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#2 Steep Slopes Of Hebes Chasma

Steep Slopes Of Hebes Chasma

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Silvia Fabi 3 months ago

It looks like a cliff touched by the ocean. Amazing

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#3 Cryptic Terrain

Cryptic Terrain

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#4 Irregular Basin Floor Materials

Irregular Basin Floor Materials

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Ashley Purser 3 months ago

Sunweathered bricks

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#5 Edge Of Mesa Near Idaeus Fossae

Edge Of Mesa Near Idaeus Fossae

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Silvia Fabi 3 months ago

Ancient waves created this?

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#6 Russell Crater Dunes

Russell Crater Dunes

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Olivia Mioch 3 months ago

Vienetta for dessert

#7 Slope Monitoring In Aram Chaos

Slope Monitoring In Aram Chaos

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Khoa Le 3 months ago

If these are really from Mars... I'm just tearing up with emotion... Cant believe in this time and age, sitting here on earth, and seeing the surface of a planet nearly 55 mil km away. Its just amazing!! ????

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#8 Candidate Recent Impact Site

Candidate Recent Impact Site

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Silvia Fabi 3 months ago

Like a drop of ink on watercolour paper

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#9 Monitor Gullies In Heaviside Crater

Monitor Gullies In Heaviside Crater

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Rhea Punsalan 3 months ago

looks like a chocolate ice cream about to melt

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#10 Cratered Layered Terrain And Wall Slopes In Melas Chasma

Cratered Layered Terrain And Wall Slopes In Melas Chasma

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Akm Dhl 3 months ago

what kind of color coding scheme NASA opted for these - Seems all pictures are coded to look more Eathly -:)

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#11 Valley With Flows In Noachis Terra

Valley With Flows In Noachis Terra

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#12 Well-preserved 2-kilometer Crater On Steep Slope In Tithonium Chasma

Well-preserved 2-kilometer Crater On Steep Slope In Tithonium Chasma

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Maria Polańska 3 months ago

Looks like water!

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