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Every month, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), launched in 2005, sends images back to Earth.

A recent batch of more than 1,000 photographs coincided with the Martian equinox when the sun shone directly onto the planet’s equator, revealing clear views of a surprisingly diverse, multicoloured terrain normally shrouded in darkness.

View the complete image set here.


The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) – mounted on a turret at the end of the Curiosity rover’s robotic arm, had its dust cover removed over the weekend and is now officially in action. Among the first pictures that NASA engineers took were a series of views of the rover’s undercarriage

The above composite was then stitched together by blogger Astro0 at Unmanned Space Fight.