New Hi-Res Color Images of Mars Released

Hi-Res Color Images of Mars
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Sapphire-hued dunes and hills dot the inside of a crater in the Western Arabia Terra region of northern Marsthought to be some of the oldest terrain on the red planet.

The crater is among 30 possible landing sites for a new Mars rover that were imaged in color by NASA's orbiting HiRISE camera.

At a workshop last spring, NASA gathered experts from across the globe to propose landing sites for the rover, dubbed the Mars Science Laboratory.

The sites worth imaging for further study were then chosen based on criteria such as accessibility, safety, dust abundance, and proximity to areas of scientific interest.

Although NASA has not announced when a final decision is due, researchers are hoping that a second workshop later this month will narrow the list to just five candidate sites.

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—Image courtesy NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
 
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