Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars

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This spectacular view of Mars from India's Mangalyaan spacecraft shows active dust storms in the Red Planet's northern hemisphere. This photo was released on Sept. 29, 2014, less than a week after the Indian Mars orbiter arrived at the planet. This spectacular view of Mars from India’s Mangalyaan spacecraft shows active dust storms in the Red Planet’s northern hemisphere. This photo was released on Sept. 29, 2014, less than a week after the Indian Mars orbiter arrived at the planet.

India’s first spacecraft to visit Mars has beamed home its greatest photo of the Red Planet yet, a view that reveals the planet from pole to pole.

The new photo of Mars from India’s Mangalyaan probe was unveiled today (Sept. 29) by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It shows Mars as a red globe in space, with the planet’s southern ice cap clearly visible, while a huge dust storm blankets part of the northern region. “Something’s brewing here!” ISRO officials wrote in a Twitter post for the Mars orbiter.

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