Mars definitely deserves its ‘Red Planet‘ nickname, since it’s basically covered in reddish-brown rust.
But scientists use such a range of photographing techniques that the planet can end up a rainbow of colors.
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter started circling the planet in 2006, and since then its camera has been busy capturing gorgeous — and scientifically valuable — images of Mars.
That camera, called HiRISE, takes images so detailed scientists can examine the planet’s features at the scale of just a few feet.
We combed through the camera’s latest update to find some of the most beautiful pictures. Scientists haven’t had a chance to dig their teeth into them yet — but when they do, who knows what incredible discoveries they’ll make.
July RMMS meeting on the patio at Gordon Biersch, in the Flatirons Mall plaza in Broomfield.
Main topic will be MDRS upgrades. Time permitting, we can delve into other topics as well. It has been a very busy summer so far.
2016 ComicCon is Friday through Sunday, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It should be a large event, filled with people interested in space. The organizers run several programming tracks, and one deals with space/NASA/science. I’m on a “Science through Storytelling” panel in that track on Saturday (Brian Enke). Hope to see you there!
Be sure to look up at the sky tomorrow as Mars comes the closest to Earth since November 2005.
For more information, visit NASA’s Mars in Our Night Sky page.