In a month already full of red planet news, spectacular new photos of deep canyons and spider frost deposits on Mars, plus new gas discoveries, are shaking the science world as a total of three new Mars spacecraft bound for the Red Planet—first China’s rover, a new NASA rover, and a UAE orbiter. And the Perseverance rover from NASA. All of these research expeditions are aimed at furthering our understanding and knowledge of Mars. See what the surface of the Red Planet looks like in the photos:
A gully on the surface of Mars in the sand dunes of the Matara Crater, carved by seasonal dry ice that accumulates each year.
In this enhanced picture taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a region of Barchan sand dunes appears turquoise blue on the surface of Mars.
Two geologically young craters on Mars’s surface.
Ancient ice cliffs on the surface of Mars, containing dusty brown cliff walls and light blue ice.
During the early Martian summer, dunes on Mars are almost free of their seasonal ice cover, with pockets of ice still visible in shade-protected areas, as seen in this image of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
After a meteoroid struck and exploded, the surface of Mars formed an impact crater 5 meters across that produced a one-kilometer-long strip of the slope, or avalanche. Image from NASA’s Mars Identification Orbiter.
A view of the Ophir Chasma, taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, over the northern portion of the vast Mars canyon system, Valles Marineris.