The 10 Most Stunning Images of Mars in History

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1. Sunset on Mars

1. Sunset on Mars

"On May 19, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover's 489th Martian day, or sol."Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Texas A&M/Cornell

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NASA's Curiosity rover has put the spotlight on Mars. The Red Planet has become the darling of the Milky Way and with good reason. The striking alien landscape features sand dunes, craters and jagged rock formations that give Curiosity plenty of photo opportunities.

Even before Curiosity began exploring Mars, NASA had sent other rovers and orbiters to explore the fourth rock from the sun. We explored the NASA archives to find the 10 most beautiful photographs ever captured of the planet.

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While trips to Mars may not happen any time soon, a browse through the gallery above will make you feel like you're on an outer space summer vacation.

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