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PICS: STUNNING Mars landscapes from NASA

Last updated on: August 29, 2012 08:43 IST

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Mars' Mount Sharp -- the rover's eventual science destination -- is pictured in photo taken by the Curiosity rover. The image is from a test series used to characterise the 100-millimeter mast camera on NASA's rover.

Photograph: Reuters/NASA

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The base of Mars' Mount Sharp -- the rover's eventual science destination -- is pictured in this photo taken by the Curiosity rover.

Scientists enhanced the color to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analysing the terrain.

Photograph: Reuters/NASA

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A cliff, up to 4,000 metres high, located in the eastern part of Echus Chasma, one of the largest water source regions on Mars, is seen in this image taken by the high-resolution stereo camera on board European Space Agency 's Mars Express.

Echus Chasma is the source region of Kasei Valles which extends 3,000 km to the north.

Photograph: Reuters/NASA

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A close-up of the sunset on Sol 24 as seen by the Imager for Mars Pathfinder was released by the Jet Propulsion Labratory.

The red sky in the background and the blue around the sun are approximately as they would appear to the human eye but the color of the sun itself is not correct -- the sun was overexposed in each of the 3 color images that were used to make the picture.

The true color of the Sun itself may be near white or slightly bluish.

Photograph: Reuters/NASA

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One of the first color images from the Phoenix Mars Lander shows the surface of Mars after the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft landed successfully in the first-ever touchdown near Mars' north.

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The High-Resolution Stereo Camera on board ESA's Mars Express has returned images of Echus Chasma.

Echus Chasma is an approximately 100 km long and 10 km wide incision in the Lunae Planum high plateau north of Valles Marineris, the 'Grand Canyon' of Mars.

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A view of a path of soil discovered by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit that scientists said on suggests that long ago hot springs may have percolated on the Martian surface, providing an environment quite conducive to life, is seen.

The rover Spirit, exploring the expansive Gusev Crater just south of the Martian equator, detected a patch of light-colored soil that was 90 per cent pure silica, an indicator of the past presence of water, scientists said.

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Mars' Victoria Crater at Meridiani Planum is seen in this image taken by NASA's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera.

NASA officials gave conflicting views during a meeting of space scientists, on whether the construction of a moon base will mark a great leap in planning for a manned mission to Mars or prove a wasteful diversion of funds.

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A January 2004 image mosaic taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's panoramic camera shows a slice of martian real estate southwest of the rover's landing site.

Photograph: NASA/JPL/Cornell

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magnified look at the martian soil near the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site, Meridiani Planum, shows coarse grains sprinkled over a fine layer of sand, February 2004.

The image roughly approximates the color a human eye would see.

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