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Photos: Incredible images of the red planet from India’s Mars mission

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India’s Mangalyaan—the world’s cheapest Mars mission—has sent back some stunning images of the red planet’s surface.

On July 19, the mission snapped images of Ophir Chasma, a massive canyon that is some 317 kilometres long and 62 metres wide. It is part of the Valles Marineris, a system of canyons on Mars that’s about 4,000-km long—nine times the length of the Grand Canyon in the US.

Mangalyaan, with its indigenously-developed Mars Color Camera, is also transmitting photographs of other physical formations on Mars, including craters, ridges and valleys.

Launched on Nov. 05, 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as its first interplanetary mission, Mangalyaan reached the Mars orbit in Sept. 2014. Since then it has been monitoring the planet and studying its surface and atmosphere.

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A 3D view of Arsia Mons, a huge volcano on Mars.
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Eos Chaos area, part of the gigantic Valles Marineris Canyon of Mars.
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The first image of Mars taken from a height of 7,300 km.
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Ophir Chasma terrain.
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Phobos, one of the two natural satellites of Mars, silhouetted against the Martian surface.
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Pital Crater.
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Aurorae Chaos, Pyrrhae Chaos and adjoining regions of Mars.
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Regional dust storm activities over Northern Hemisphere of Mars.
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Photo taken from an altitude of 8,449 km.
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Ophir Chasma terrain.
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Tyrrhenus Mons as seen by Mars Color Camera.
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Valles Marineris and adjoining regions of Mars.
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Central portion of Valles Marineris of Mars.
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3D view of central portion of Valles Marineris of Mars.

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