While NASA's Mars rover inches closer to finding evidence of ancient life on Mars, a $40 million high resolution camera called HiRISE is capturing beautiful, abstract satellite photos from 15,000 miles above the ochre surface.

Terra Cimmeria

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Slope textures of a crater in Terra Cimmeria
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Desher Vallis

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Sand dunes in Her Desher Vallis
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Blue-colorized pit at Daedalia Planum

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Pit in Daedalia Planum, south of Arsia Mons
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Traveling rock at Nili Fossae

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Traveling boulder in Nili Fossae
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Peninsula surrounded by an ocean of dunes

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A "peninsula" surrounded by a "sea" of dunes in the Ganges Chasma
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Gullies at the Kaiser Crater

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Gullies in Kaiser Crater
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Chryse Planitia

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Cratered cone in Chrysa Planitia
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Coprates Chasma

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Slope textures of a crater in Coprates Chasma
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Wind-sculpted dunes on Mars

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Dunes sculpted by the wind
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Tyrrhena Terra

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Valleys in Tyrrhena Terra
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Bombala Crater

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Thousands of small craters within the Bombala Crater
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Holden Crater

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Holden Crater — possible landing site for future missions
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Lake deposit on Mars

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Lake deposit in open basin
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