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1,200 New Photos of Mars

Article written: 6 Jun , 2007
Updated: 26 Dec , 2015
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I know there are tens of thousands of photographs of Mars already available, but that number just jumped up by about 1,200. Photos taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have been returned back to Earth and processed so that anyone with an Internet connection can browse through them.

This new dataset, captured by the High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera, fills a whopping 1.7 terabytes of hard drive space. But don’t worry, there’s a handy set of tools you can use on the HiRISE site to quickly browse through them, and zoom in for more details, without having to tie up your Internet connection.

HiRISE captures 6 km-wide (3.5 mile) swathes of the Martian surface from an altitude of 250 to 316 km (155 and 196 miles). These images can show details as small as 1 metre across (40 inches).

Original Source: UA News Release


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