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It looks like Earth and Mars have a lot more in common that what was first thought. This conclusion has been reached after NASA revealed photographs taken of Mars in an exploration that has lasted 12 years. The photographs were taken using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and it shows that Mars actually looks a lot like Earth.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured many thousands of images and sent them back to scientists on Earth. The vibrant photographs have managed to capture everything from mineral hills on Mars to dust storms. The landscapes revealed in the photographs look like canyons or red deserts on Earth, which led to NASA saying that Earth and Mars has a lot in common.
The MRO was used by NASA so that scientists could get a much better understanding of the materials, dust, subsurface water and the weather on Mars. The website of NASA has been providing some stunning photos of Mars, including a mesa of 0.4 kilometers, the surface of Mars covered with materials that are of fine grain and which hide the bedrock and the Saheki Crater, which is 84 kilometers across.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of NASA was first launched on 12 August 2005, and it went on a search to try to find evidence of water and whether or not it has persisted on Mars surface over a long period of time. Other missions to Mars have revealed that water flows over the surface of Mars, but it has been something of a mystery as to whether the water had been around for long enough to have provided a habitat for life on Mars.
NASA said that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had taken a cruise of seven months to Mars and six months aerobraking for it to have been able to reach the science orbit. The orbiter has zoomed in and out and this is what has allowed it to take extremely close-up photographs of the surface of Mars, along with it looking for subsurface water and analyzing materials, along with being able to monitor the weather daily.
It was said that the studies would help scientists to find out if there were deposits of minerals forming in the water over a length of time, along with detecting shorelines from ancient lakes and seas. NASA said that one of the cameras on the Orbiter was the biggest to have ever flown on a mission to a planet.