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NASA’s Mars explorers may be the ones attracting the attention, but they have a quieter brother in the Martian skies.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbital (MRO) left Earth 15 years ago on Aug. 12. NASA celebrated this week’s celebration by highlighting some of the best pictures of a spacecraft of the planet. red.
Mars does not have blues. Some MRO images appear in colors that don’t resemble Mars thanks to the use of false colors, an image processing technique that helps some details stand out.
This crater is 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter and is one of many impressive craters found on Mars. Mars’ thin atmosphere does not burn meteors in the same way that Earth does.
The MRO is equipped with three cameras. Mars Color Cameras for Fisheye Photography, Black and White Surface Surface Cameras, and High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRise) offer most of the live type views they I expect from orbital ships.
This dust demon image on Mars was taken by the HiRise camera in 2012. It is huge. “The length of the ball of this tornado shows that it is more than half a mile (800 meters) tall – equivalent to the size of the Emirate Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on Earth,” NASA said. “NASA said.
The collection of highlights celebrating the beautiful MRO extends from an Earth perspective from a great distance to a photo of the little moon Phobos.
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