16 Fascinating Pictures Of Mars That You've Never Seen Before!

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Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Mars Colour Camera (MCC) recently released the first year's worth of mission data, up to September 17, 2015. What’s different about MCC is that it has a very wide field of view, designed in a way to be capable of imaging all of Mars' disk when the spacecraft is near the apoapsis of its highly elliptical orbit.

In this post, you'll find the 16 most beautiful and captivating photos of Mars taken by MCC!

The descriptions of the regions of Mars were taken from Wikipedia

Source: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lak...

1. Chryse and Acidalia, Planitia and Kasei, Mawrth, Tiu, and Ares Valles

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Taken by Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on October 1, 2014, from an altitude of  47,377 miles.

This global view of Mars contains the landing sites of Viking 1, Mars Pathfinder, Opportunity, and Schiaparelli, as well as the future landing site of the ExoMars rover.

2. Meridiani Planum

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Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) caught this global view of Mars soon after arriving in orbit, on September 28, 2014, from an altitude of 46,343 miles.

Meridiani Planum is a plain located 2 degrees south of Mars' equator, in the westernmost portion of Terra Meridiani. It hosts a rare occurrence of gray crystalline hematite.

3. Syrtis Major and Hellas #1

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On October 4, 2014, from an altitude of 45,319 miles.

Syrtis Major Planum is a "dark spot" located in the boundary between the northern lowlands and southern highlands of Mars just west of the impact basin Isidis in the Syrtis Major quadrangle.

Hellas Planitia is a plain located within the huge, roughly circular impact basin Hellas located in the southern hemisphere of the planet Mars. Hellas is the third or fourth largest impact crater and the largest visible impact crater known in the Solar System.

4. Syrtis Major and Hellas #2

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On October 7, 2014, from an altitude of 43,697 miles.

5. Elysium Planitia and Gale Crater

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This view of Mars includes the landing sites of Viking 2, Beagle 2, Spirit, and Curiosity, and the future landing site of InSight. Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) took this photo from an altitude of 41,353 miles on September 30, 2014.

Elysium Planitia, located in the Elysium and Aeolis quadrangles, is a broad plain that straddles the equator of Mars. It lies to the south of the volcanic province of Elysium, the second largest volcanic region on the planet, after Tharsis.

Gale is a crater on Mars near the northwestern part of the Aeolis quadrangle. Gale Crater is a fascinating place to explore because of the mountain of layered materials in the middle.

6. Tharsis Montes and Valles Marineris

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On October 4, 2014, from an altitude of 47,646 miles.

The Tharsis Montes are three large shield volcanoes in the Tharsis region of the planet Mars.
Valles Marineris is a system of canyons that runs along the Martian surface east of the Tharsis region.

7. Mars and Phobos

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October 31, 2014.

Phobos is the innermost and larger of the two natural satellites of Mars.

8. Phobos crossing Mars' disk

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October 7, 2014.

9. Phobos over Mars

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Mars' inner moon Phobos appears far darker than the bright clouds of Mars in this view taken by Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on October 14, 2014.

10. Deimos

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October 14, 2014. 

Deimos is the smaller and outer of the two natural satellites of the planet Mars.

11. Valles Marineris

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October 20, 2014.

12. Gale Crater

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January 17, 2015.

13. Arsia Mons and cloud

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Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) took this photo on January 4, 2015, from an altitude of 6,694 miles. The image covers an area about 684 miles wide. Arsia is the southernmost of the three Tharsis Montes.

14. Tharsis Montes

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December 13, 2014.

15. Candor and Ophir Chasmata

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Candor Chasma (bottom right) and Ophir Chasma (center), two large canyons in the north-central portion of the Valles Marineris system. Taken by Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on July 19, 2015, from an altitude of about 1200 miles. The image shows a region about 120 miles across.

16. Syrtis Major and the Martian limb

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A three frame Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Mars Color Camera mosaic of the Syrtis Major region on September 24, 2015. The first frame was taken while MOM was at an altitude of about 4500 miles, and the final frame was taken at an altitude of about 5200 miles 10 minutes later.

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