Saturday, October 12, 2013

Insanely High Resolution Photos of Mars

On March 10, 2006, seven months after an Atlas rocket boosted it into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter fell into place in the Red Planet’s orbit. The $720 million spacecraft has been hovering between 150 to 200 miles above Mars, surveying for suitable landing sites for future missions and any evidence that water once flowed there.

On board the MRO is one of the heftiest and most adept cameras ever to document a planet’s terrain. The HiRISE, short for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, has captured more than 29,000 insanely-detailed images—1.8 percent of the surface of Mars—in seven years.

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