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15 Incredible New Pictures Capture The Beauty Of Mars

The Red Planet just got cooler.

11/08/2016 2:05 PM AEST | Updated August 11, 2016 20:21

NASA has released over a thousand incredible photos of Mars taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The MRO has been in Mars' orbit since 2006 and sends back pics to earth every month.

This batch of photos capture the red planet spectacularly because Mars and the sun are on opposite sides of Earth's sky, illuminating both poles.

The images are being used to scope out potential landing sites for rovers set to land over the next few years.

In the meantime, enjoy these stunning images of craters, slopes and dunes. The full set of images can be found here.

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    Russell Crater Dunes on Mars.
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    Steep Slopes of Hebes Chasma on the surface of Mars.
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    Large Alluvial Fan Apron on the surface of Mars.
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    A dune field with bright fans on the surface of Mars.
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    Hale Crater Ejecta and surrounding plains on Mars.
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    A gully on the surface of Mars.
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    Craters caused by glaciers on Mars.
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    Channels and Crater Near Moreux and Rudaux Craters on Mars.
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    Image showing an odd distribution of 'spiders', land forms on Mars created by ice melting straight to gas.
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    Image of layered rock formations on the surface of Mars.
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    Possible Phyllosilicates in Ejecta of Small Crater in Tyrrhena Terra on Mars
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    Land forms at West End of Her Desher Vallis on Mars.
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    Yardangs South of Olympus Mons on Mars.
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    The MRO monitors the evolution of 'fans' which give clues about past climate conditions.
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    NASA monitor dunes on Mars to observe how its polar ice caps wax and wane.

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