NASA photos reveal breathtaking landscapes on Mars

Posted at 11:23 AM, Sep 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-10 13:27:49-04

Newly released photographs from NASA show the landscape of Mars in a way we’ve never seen before.

The space agency posted the photos to Facebook on Friday. The color images were gathered by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover in a region known as “Murray Buttes”.

“Curiosity’s science team has been just thrilled to go on this road trip through a bit of the American desert Southwest on Mars,” said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

NASA says the buttes and mesas are eroded remnants of ancient sandstone.

“Studying these buttes up close has given us a better understanding of ancient sand dunes that formed and were buried, chemically changed by groundwater, exhumed and eroded to form the landscape that we see today,” Vasavada said.

For more information about Curiosity and its mission on Mars visit NASA’s website.