NASA Just Released Over 2000 Images of Mars and Some of Them Are Absolutely Stunning
NASA is obsessed with the red planet and planning is heavily underway for its next rover mission to Mars in 2020. Armed with the latest technology it will be a mission unlike any other, but that’s a future story. NASA has been releasing some incredible images over the past few months and taken by its HiRISE camera technology that is integrated into Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. In fact, stunning images were released on December 6th showing where NASA’s Insight Lander touched down on the Elysium Planitia Region of Mars on November 26th, 2018. The MRO has taken some incredible shots of the planet’s surface giving a lot of insight to scientists for the study of Mars, its weather and topography. NASA released almost 2500 images and here are the ones which are most spectacular.
1Insight Lander and parachute
This is the image of the lander on the surface of Mars. The ground beneath the lander has been scorched black by its rockets. To its left lies its parachute and the right, its heat shield. The area is called Elysium Planitia and it was for this type of shot that NASA had positioned the MRO.
This is not a CGI or animated image. It is an actual image taken by the MRO HiRISE camera of a dune field near a location on the planet named Nili Patera. Looking at the colors here, one would wonder why they call it the red planet. Maybe because from afar it looks red. These dunes are called Barchan dunes and are formed by the ongoing winds blowing in the same direction.
This image was captured by the MRO on April 1, 2018. Aram Chaos is a crater on Mars with a diameter of 280 km. It is considered to be really ancient and is located within the Southern Highlands of Mars. It is made up of iron oxide hematite and silicates altered by water which gives it the unique color and
4Alluvial Fans of Roddy Crater
This was sent by the MRO in 2013 and is a picture of the Roddy Crater on Mars. It hosts several large alluvial fans that had been formed by the movement of sediment by water around the rim of the mountain and deposited into the crater. Alluvial fans are also found on earth as well.
This is a dune field containing several oval-shaped mineral deposits. Incidentally, HiRISE was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation in Boulder Colorado. It is operated by Arizona University Tucson. The details of the photos are incredible and have excited scientists because of the opportunity to study the topography of the planet.