On June 23, NASA’s Mars Odyssey completed its 60,000th orbit of the Red Planet since arriving in 2001. This noteworthy milestone serves to highlight the remarkable longevity and productivity of the seven spacecraft currently examining Earth’s neighbor. Two rovers — Opportunity and Curiosity — continue to examine the surface up close from positions on nearly opposite sides of the planet. Meanwhile, Odyssey joins with two NASA probes — Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter — as well as the European Space Agency’s Mars Express and India’s Mars Orbiter Mission to explore the world from above.
Here we present some of the best spacecraft images that show the incredible beauty and diversity of the martian surface.