Mars is the red planet, but it turns out that many images we see of it show Mars’ colors as homogenized by the this world’s reddish dust and regolith. This new image from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – taken on February 5, 2016 – shows fantastic colors on Mars.
HiRISE stands for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, and the camera team explained:
Here the bedrock is very well exposed, except where there are sand dunes.
The rocks also have diverse compositions, which produce different colors in HiRISE infrared-red-blue color images.
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