NASA Has Released 2,540 Stunning New Photos Of Mars

If it's quiet solitude and beauty you seek, there is no better place than the surface of Mars. Mars has earned its moniker as the red planet, but the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) can transform the subtle differences of soils into a rainbow of colours.

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 combed through 2,054 of the camera's latest pictures, released in August, September, and October, to bring you some of the best - and hopefully help you temporarily 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:


False-coloring this image makes a giant dune and its gullies look blue.


A possible landing site for the ExoMars 2020 mission, which the European Space Agency is running.


A North Pole dune field nicknamed "Kolhar," after Frank Herbert's fictional world.


Carbon dioxide that turns from solid to gas carves out these strange shapes at Mars' south pole:


A recent impact crater on Mars. (We're pretty sure no one put out a giant cigarette here.)


'Spiders' are eruptions of dust caused by the way the Martian surface warms and cools:


Cerberus Palus crater showing off layered sediments:


NASA keeps an eye of gullies like this for small landslides - and any water that melts in the warm sun to form darker-colored mud.


Another gully scientists are having HiRISE monitor:


Glacial terrain looks strangely iridescent:


A steep slope in Eastern Noctis Labyrinthus:


Dunes in a Martian crater. The red bar is an artifact of NASA's image processing:


The creation of 'fans' around dunes may help scientists understand seasonal changes on Mars:


Another possible landing site for the Mars 2020 mission:


Terrain near the Martian equator:


Ceraunius Fossae is a region dominated by volcanic flows and large cracks:


Beautiful texture in the region called North Sinus Meridiani:


False colours assigned to certain minerals make Syria Planum an inky blue that's speckled with gold:


A crater on Arcadia Planitia, a large flat region of Mars:


Layers in Martian buttes found in a region called West Arabia:


A picture of Utopia Planitia, a large plain on Mars:


A bright speckle of minerals stands out on Galle (not Gale) Crater:


A small but recent impact crater:


Blowing sand eats through the rims of older craters:


Mars in all its two-toned glory:


Seasonal dunes on Mars nicknamed 'Buzzel'.


Ridges cross the Nepenthes Mensae region, which is often referred to as a river delta for the striking pattern:


The edges of a debris apron, where cliff material eroded away.


  1. Aren't these all just computer simulation? Not actual pictures?

  2. No. Some are false color, as they are labeled.

  3. hahahahaha more bs for taxpayers, poor world of dumbasses believers

    1. You're dumb,.. so very very dumb- what does any one have to gain by this? Scientific exploration is less than 1% of any taxes payed to the government. They could allocate your tax money however they wanted though and there would be little you could even do about it, so a lie about space exploration isn't even needed.

    2. The only thing flat is that unused brain matter between your ears.

    3. it's flat, nothing is on the mars surface, fools

  4. flat earth lol you can prove earth is a sphere with just a clear hose and some water.
    you must also be a northern hemisphere dweller.

  5. Sooooooo, did NASA forget that we ( civilians) also have access to cameras and telescopes, and that mars not only is not blue, white, and zebra speckled, but instead it’s actually a ball of constantly shifting, moving, pulsating, even dilating RED gas... and anyone with a NikonP900 or a decent telescope can tell you that.

    -plus, for a budget of $50 Million a day, you would think they would hire better artists, that don’t use clone stamps, or conveniently make areas of the image blurry where needed.

    -NASA, give it up... the truth always comes out, and your lie has just about run it’s course. You’re starting to run out of subject matter... Why don’t you first tell us how you managed to lose all the original footage of the moon landing, and then we’ll talk about “Tesla’s in outer space,” and “the Big Bang theory.” - *rolling eyes. - Give me a break...

    1. You're an idiot. All the photos except the top one (there's no liquid water on Mars that has ever been photographed) are real photos. Some are false colour to bring out the details.

      Before you start gabbing on about clone tool you should know how it works - there's no clone tool use in those photos. You are imaging it because there are repeating patterns, not unusual in nature - but the patterns aren't exactly the same - as they would be if they were cloned.

      As to seeing Mars with a P900, you can't see any detail on Mars with P900. Try using a real telescope, not a toy camera. The P900 has a powerful zoom lens, that's all it has got going for it. It's not a good camera. It's not the best tool for astrophography. Try a Canon fullframe with an actual telescope, like this for example:

      You know when you say Mars is a pulsating ball? Yeah that's how it looks through a P900, a camera with insufficient resolving power to see anything but a glowing red dot when pointed at Mars.

    2. I don't see an explanation for why it was necessary to use a 30 magenta filter with the
      Canon - or the supposed 1/10000 shutter speed.

      These photos would also be more interesting if they were at minimum paired with contextual versions of the scenes rather than being presented as variants of generations of art photography close-ups.

  6. 'A North Pole dune field nicknamed "Kolhar," after Frank Herbert's fictional world.

    Change that to "from one of the awful knock-off cash-grab novels written by Frank Herbert's son and a talentless hack writer" - not one Frank Herbert's actual works.

  7. FFS, How old are you people? Is all you do is complain and moan?, "Oh is too blue" "Nasa is Lying to the world for some unknown reason" "No one pays attention to me so im going to say the world is flat" "its wrongly named for someone I dont like" "Its presented all wrong"
    Honestly you should be amazed and thankful that people whose work in these fields give us the opportunity to view this stuff.

    Augusto Piccard If you dont understand how the universe works thats ok but i suggest you start using that tool in front of you to learn something other than watching conspiracy cheerios on utube.

  8. oh, and if you want to know why these images are coloured as they are.

  9. I don't know why NASA and the government are so interested in Mars as a possible future place to colonize? Mars has no magnetic field anymore and has no way to protect any possible inhabitants from the Suns constant radiation assault (if you think instances of cancer on earth are high just wait) we should be looking further out or concentrate on building a massive space station something we can actually move around all these trillions blown on rover missions could be used on better ideas. NASA needs to make room for better thinkers they are just coasting and keeping the government investing

    1. NASA is military. There is renewed interest in space exploration. There is a possibility that humans were once living on Mars and even Ganeymede (Accretion is wrong, does not account for Birkeland Currents. No, not aliens.)
      NASA is lying, but not for ominous reasons or even evil reasons. They are Military. OF COURSE they aren't going to publicly disclose what they know. They are not lying about aliens or flattards, or anything like that. They are lying about human and cro magnon origins. The "elves" from the north... (AKA us)


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