Seeing Red: 40 Years of Exploration on Mars

Four decades of innovation have dramatically shaped our perceptions of Mars - from the first grainy images to 360-degree panoramas in color. TIME's photo editors roundup the awe-inspiring images from the most outstanding expeditions, including the Mars Curiosity rover.

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Four decades of innovation have dramatically shaped our perceptions of Mars – from the first grainy images to 360-degree panoramas in color. TIME’s photo editors roundup the awe-inspiring images from the most outstanding expeditions, including the Mars Curiosity rover.

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22 comments
Vridhachalempillay Subramaniam
Vridhachalempillay Subramaniam

Now that we have landed Curiosity on Mars,when will the Early bird Offer of Bookings to travel and settle down in Mars begin ? 

Mike259
Mike259

It's bad enough when you name a rock, but where do they come up with a name like Adirondack (I know it's the name of mt range in NY). Can they just name the rock George, or Steve ?

Catstop Thespam
Catstop Thespam

im a little surprised that you didnt include the face on mars from cydonia with these images.