The space agency just dumped a huge collection of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRise camera photos.
NASA has just unleashed a huge treasure trove of high-resolution photographs of the Martian surface from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRise camera, and they have captured some pretty incredible shots of the surface of the Red Planet.
The HiRise camera has been snapping photos since 2005, but this is definitely an unusually large image dump with more than a thousand images of the many craters, dunes, mountains and ice caps on Mars.
According to a report in Popular Science, the MRO was able to take such excellent photos and send them all back to Earth because once every couple years, Mars and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, allowing MRO to have an unobstructed connection with the team on Earth, allowing the satellite to continuously send a large amount of data home. And since this particular event also coincided with a period where the sun shiens directly on the Martin equator, HiRise has a better view of the entire planet from pole to pole.
You can view the images here.