NASA's Beautiful Mars Photos Will Make You Cry A Single, Solitary Tear

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Thanks to a $720 million spacecraft called the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which maps the landscape of Mars, NASA has just released an incredible 1,000 new images of the red planet.

The reason for such a big haul is that every 26 months Mars and the sun are on the opposite sides of the earth, which gives the MRO and its camera (named HiRise) a clear view of the planet - thus resulting in even better quality images than normal.

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The mission, which has been running since 2006, hopes to find the best space possible for a future manned mission to Mars, with the added bonus of taking some incredible photos along the way.

Head over to the HiRise  website if you've got enough time to kill to scroll through all 1,000 images.