These beautiful images of the irregular and weird landscapes on Mars have been captured by the HiRISE probe. Mounted on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, HiRISE has sent back nearly 30,000 images of our red neighbor, some of them from the expected alien landscapes of a different world. A selection of 150 of these images has been collected into a book titled This is Mars.
Images in the book are black and white, as that is how the images captured by HiRISE look. NASA scientists often add color to them after they have been received, creating stunning images like the ones we see here, or of the distant galaxies and starts that are so well known and so often seen.