Product of the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera installed on the Mars Orbiter, the images show the Red Planet as you’ve never imagined it before.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has revealed a set of stunning images taken in the northwestern region of Mars known as Nili Fossae and its one of the most colorful places on the red planet.
The images captured by the HiRISE instrument installed aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed people to see how many regions on the planet appear smoothed by dust and regolith’s, and it turns out that Mars is one of the most beautiful alien worlds in our solar system, not as red as many thought it was.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images show compositions of different colors, a variety present due to the minerals in the Martian crust: carbonate and iron oxide, among others.
According to a NASA spokesman, the next task of the MRO will be to inspect the area for signs of life that someday could have existed on Mars.
“Nili Fossae Trough is a huge crack in the surface of Mars,” the NASA spokesperson explained.
“The region has one of the largest, most diverse exposures of clay minerals [that] contain water in their mineral structure and may preserve organic materials. Scientists are excited about studying such deposits to understand past environments that could have supported life.”
Interestingly, in the last couple of months, Mars has become extremely popular among researchers who have suggested, based on several studies, it’s very likely that Mars harbored life in the distant past.
As it turns out, while Mars’ isn’t as red as we once believed in the distant past, the planet was eerily similar to Earth, when the ‘Red Planet’ was covered by vast oceans, rivers, and lakes.
Images by: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
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