NASA has spent years investigating Mars up close and personal with rovers and various spacecraft, the latter including the Mars Reconstruction Orbiter (MRO). This spacecraft orbits Mars, using onboard cameras to capture images of the Red Planet below. This has resulted in a large number of images, some of them are so wonderfully beautiful that they look like art. NASA is showing some of the best of these images and anyone can download them.
Because NASA missions are funded with public money, the resulting content is a public domain and is made available to anyone to browse, download, and remix (in most cases). The agency maintains many online content databases from various spacecraft and rovers that are regularly updated, but most of the content is vague and interesting, especially those that have not been processed to include better color / brightness / contrast.
Many amateur and general space astrophotographers spend their time observing these images and editing those that catch their attention, offering the public many interesting galleries to browse. NASA itself regularly processes and publishes particularly great images, as well as the latest example that arrives today, August 12th.
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the March Reconstruction of Mars, NASA has released a selection of images it has captured that are particularly important, those that offer unusual, stunning views of the Red Planet and its environment.
These images were captured using three spacecraft cameras, including a fisheye camera called the Mars Color Imager, a landscape camera called the Context Camera, and its best-known instrument, its high-resolution science experiment camera ( HiRISE) after many of the best Photos.
The HiRISE camera, as its name suggests, is not only capable of capturing high-resolution color images – it also features a zoom function that allows it to zoom in on interesting phenomena and terrain. As a result, NASA has been able to share some amazing otherworldly images with humanity, including pictures of Martian dust devils, avalanches, impact craters, and even NASA rovers orbiting Mars.