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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Gallery

Spectacular images of the Red Planet taken from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) marking it's 15th anniversary

The MRO's primary mission is to study the temperatures in Mars’ atmosphere, look underground using radar and detect minerals on the planet’s surface.This is a selection of incredible images taken by the spacecraft showing what Mars looks like.

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Martian Impact Crater Featured Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Image

Martian Impact Crater

A dramatic, fresh impact crater dominates this image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Nov. 19, 2013.
The crater spans approximately 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter and is surrounded by a large, rayed blast zone. Because the terrain where the crater formed is dusty, the fresh crater appears blue in the enhanced color of the image, due to removal of the reddish dust in that area. Debris tossed outward during the formation of the crater is called ejecta. In examining ejecta's distribution, scientists can learn more about the impact event. The explosion that excavated this crater threw ejecta as far as 9.3 miles (15 kilometers)

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