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NASA's Mars orbiter captures stunning images of planet's surface
Launched 10 years ago, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has encircled Mars 40,000 times and counting.
Fresh Crater Near Sirenum Fossae Region of Mars. The HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a \"fresh\" (on a geological scale, though quite old on a human scale) impact crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars on March 30, 2015. This impact crater appears relatively recent as it has a sharp rim and well-preserved ejecta.
By MSNBC staff
Launched 10 years ago, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has encircled Mars 40,000 times and counting – returning to scientists not only mounds of weekly data but also stunning images of the planet’s surface. The spacecraft’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured the following photographs of Mars’ diverse exterior, revealing the frost-coated gullies, wind-crafted slopes, cascading dunes, and jagged impact craters of the Red Planet.