NASA has released more than 2,500 images of our neighboring planet Mars, and there's not a single one that doesn't look like a work of art.
We've learned much from our research of the red planet. We now know that, once upon a time, Mars was not so different from Earth. With rivers, oceans and lakes, this barren sphere was likely able to support life billions of years ago.
Thanks to NASA's various spacecraft, we're also able to view the planet's surface in an unprecedented way. Take a look at the stunning photographs below:
As you can see, NASA's HiRISE camera is able to capture detailed images of the planet's surface; peaks, valleys, craters and all!
NASA's HiRISE camera is located on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (or MRO), and has taken thousands of breathtaking photographs, of which NASA has released over 2,500.
These images were taken over a period of 10 years, as part of the HiRISE project, which stands for High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment.
This project has allowed experts to investigate specific features on the surface of Mars at an unprecedented proximity.
Who knows what more we'll learn about this beautiful planet? Perhaps we'll uncover clues that will illuminate the forms of life that once roamed the red soil...
Or, maybe, forms of life that still linger?
From a purely visual standpoint, the colorful images look like abstract, multi-medium works of art.
We'd happily frame any of these and put them on the walls at our office!
If you'd like to see more (and there are many, many more), head on over to the HiRISE website, where you can access all of their planetary data releases.
Seriously... we just can't stop staring!
Do you have a favorite image of the red planet? Or, do you have any theories as to what life, if any, lived or still lives on this strange landscape?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!