Spacecraft Snaps Photos Chosen by Public

PASADENA, Calif., March 31 (UPI) — NASA says the most powerful camera aboard a spacecraft orbiting Mars has returned the first pictures of locations suggested by the public.

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE camera, aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took the pictures. The program resulted in NASA receiving more than 1,000 suggestions for locations to be photographed, the space agency said.


Since 2006, HiRISE has obtained approximately 13,000 observations covering dozens of square miles, including areas from a previous student-suggestion program called NASA Quest, the space agency said. Despite that, NASA says only about 1 percent of the Martian surface has been photographed.

The first images of areas the public selected are available at http://www1.nasa.gov/mission_pages/MRO/multimedia/images20100331.html.

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