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Photos: New camera brings Mars closer

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent the first images from the highest resolution camera to take photos of Mars. This image which shows details never seen before of the deepest part of Mars' canyon, Ius Chasma, was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment.

From about 185 miles, objects as small as 35 inches can be detected.

A two-year mission to analyze the Red Planet that will collect more data than all previous Mars missions combined begins in November.


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