24 Stunning Photos Of Mars That Will Get You Pumped For A Mission To The Red Planet

For centuries, humans have dreamt of traveling to Mars, the so-called “Red Planet.” The good news is that we here at RSVLTS HQ already know that man will set foot on Mars in 2027, an occasion we have had the foresight to celebrate with the Wolves of Mars Bomber Jacket. Unfortunately, that does little to solve the intergalactic wanderlust of those of us trapped in 2017.

But while man has yet to set foot on the Martian surface, machines have been doing so for years — and with incredible results! In 1997, NASA’s Sojourner became the first rover to land on Mars. Over the next 20 years, Opportunity, Spirit and Curiosity would join it in a quest to explore Mars and send some of the most awe-inspiring photos in the galaxy back to Earth.

Check out some of those unbelievable photos of the Martian landscape below and get pumped for when those manned missions begin in just ten years.

Global mosaic of 102 Viking 1 Orbiter images of Mars taken on orbit 1,334, 22 February 1980. The images are projected into point perspective, representing what a viewer would see from a spacecraft at an altitude of 2,500 km.
Martian sunset captured by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover, May 19, 2005
This color image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows part of the wall of Gale Crater, the location on Mars where the rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT).
A shiny-looking Martian rock is visible in this image taken by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the mission’s 173rd Martian day, or sol (Jan. 30, 2013).
At the Jocko Chute landmark. Navcam panorama. Image Credit: NASA / JPL / MSSS / Justin Cowart
Image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, taken on 13 December 2015
The dune is a part of the Bagnold Dune Field, on the the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.
This look back at a dune that NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover drove across was taken by the rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the 538th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 9, 2014).
This image was taken by the right (telephoto-lens) camera of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the rover during the 193rd Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 20, 2013).
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called “Bonanza King,” visible in this image from the rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam).
This approximate true-color image taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows a rock outcrop dubbed “Longhorn,” and behind it, the sweeping plains of Gusev Crater. On the horizon, the rim of Gusev Crater is clearly visible. The view is to the south of the rover’s current position. The image consists of four frames taken by the 750-, 530- and 430-nanometer filters of Spirit’s panoramic camera on sol 210 (August 5, 2004).
This full-resolution image taken by the panoramic camera onboard the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit before it rolled off the lander shows the rocky surface of Mars.
Picture of mars, taken by the Spirit rover on Sol 454. This image shows a region in the “Columbia Hills” inside Gusev crater.
As NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit began collecting images for a 360-degree panorama of new terrain, the rover captured this view of a dark boulder with an interesting surface texture. The boulder sits about 40 centimeters (16 inches) tall on Martian sand about 5 meters (16 feet) away from Spirit. It is one of many dark, volcanic rock fragments—many pocked with rounded holes called vesicles—littering the slope of “Low Ridge.” The rock surface facing the rover is similar in appearance to the surface texture on the outside of lava flows on Earth.
This is the first color image of Mars taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.
This 360-degree view, called the “McMurdo” panorama, comes from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.
Panoramic view above ‘Perseverance Valley,’ captured by Opportunity
The small spherules on the Martian surface in this close-up image are near Fram Crater, visited by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during April 2004. The area shown is 1.2 inches (3 centimeters) across. The view comes from the microscopic imager on Opportunity’s robotic arm, with color information added from the rover’s panoramic camera.
This image from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows where a rock called “Pinnacle Island” had been before it appeared in front of the rover in early January 2014. This image was taken during the 3,567th Martian day, or sol, of Opportunity’s work on Mars (Feb. 4, 2014).
This vista from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows “Wdowiak Ridge,” from left foreground to center, as part of a northward look with the rover’s tracks visible at right.
This image from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover looks down the ramp at the northeastern end of “Hidden Valley” and across the sandy-floored valley to lower slopes of Mount Sharp on the horizon.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used the camera at the end of its arm in April and May 2014 to take dozens of component images combined into this self-portrait where the rover drilled into a sandstone target called “Windjana.”
This mosaic of images from Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation.
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows two scales of ripples, plus other textures, in an area where the mission examined a linear-shaped dune in the Bagnold dune field on lower Mount Sharp.