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)

#2 Steep Slopes Of Hebes Chasma

Steep Slopes Of Hebes Chasma

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Silvia Fabi 1 year ago

It looks like a cliff touched by the ocean. Amazing

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#5 Edge Of Mesa Near Idaeus Fossae

Edge Of Mesa Near Idaeus Fossae

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Yvonne Bernal 11 months ago

As rivers age they can meander and occasionally these meanders get so pronounced that the river cuts off these curving loops at their narrow end leaving them as isolated as oxbow lakes.

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#6 Russell Crater Dunes

Russell Crater Dunes

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Olivia Mioch 1 year ago

Vienetta for dessert

#7 Slope Monitoring In Aram Chaos

Slope Monitoring In Aram Chaos

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Khoa Le 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

looks like a chocolate ice cream about to melt

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