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The Latest Pictures From Mars Make Us Feel Spoiled

A HiRISE image called "steep north polar peripheral scarp." Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called “steep north polar peripheral scarp.” Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Don’t you love it when close-up pictures come beaming to your computer from another planet? Below are some of the latest images from Mars taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

And by the way, there’s a way for you to request where HiRISE will be pointing next.

All you need to go to this page (called HiWish) and leave a suggestion for where you’d like the spacecraft to look. For some tips on what to do:

The general consensus seems to be picking a spot that is not over-popular, and trying to find a spot that HiRISE has not looked at before or very frequently. Best of luck!

To see more HiRISE images from the latest release, check out this webpage.

A HiRISE image called "Nili Patera." Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called “Nili Patera.” Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called "scalloped surface in Utopia region." Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called “scalloped surface in Utopia region.” Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called "gullied crater wall." Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called “gullied crater wall.” Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called "active dune gullies in Kaiser crater." Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called “active dune gullies in Kaiser crater.” Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called "dark-capped plain and hills in western Arabia region intercrater terrain." Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A HiRISE image called “dark-capped plain and hills in western Arabia region intercrater terrain.” Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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  • TTC August 6, 2014, 2:40 PM

    That doesn’t make me feel spoiled.

    Why do journalists presume to tell me what will surprise me, or I won’t believe, or whatever else they use in their clickbait headlines? Why can’t they just do their job and tell a story?

    • eSpace August 6, 2014, 9:45 PM

      How about “privileged”, then? Today (and most every day for that matter), I feel privileged to live in this time with these resources at my disposal. We’ve come a long ways in science and technology since the hand-cranked telephones and vacuum tube radios of my childhood. Today I got to witness a rendezvous with a comet over on the Rosetta blog, take a close up look at the north pole of Saturn at APOD, view some fantastic Mars pictures here and at the MSL site, and watched a rerun of Spacex’s Asiasat launch. I feel very lucky to have this and much, much more at my fingertips. I also feel lucky that there are good, dedicated journalists like Elizabeth and Ken to point out the newest and most interesting items in this wonderful deluge of information.

    • Jeffrey Boerst August 7, 2014, 2:25 AM

      Whaaaa-whaaaa! *sniff-sniff* Whaaaaa! Funny, because you surely SOUND like a spoiled infant with your tedious little rant….. Grow up. Besides, it doesn’t say, “Make YOU feel spoiled” it says, “us”. Curious, what would you estimate your positive to negative comment ratio in general is? Do you EVER make positive comments or do they fall short in your quest to feel superior to everyone else?

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