NASA Just 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, long ago, 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 colors.

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:

In the image below, 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.

All Images @ NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

H/T: sciencealert. 

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