NASA just released 1,035 new images of Mars — here are some of the best

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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.

2016 ComicCon

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!