The Best Pictures Of Mars

Some of the coolest views that people can see on Mars when we finally get there.
Shadows at Endeavour Crater
Captured with the Opportunity rover's Pancam on March 9, 2012, shadows fall over the western rim of the14-mile-wide Endeavour crater, the largest impact crater on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State
Mars Global View of Valles Marineris

With SpaceX declaring that they will land a Dragon capsule on Mars in 2018, and NASA pledging to send astronauts there in the 2030s, Martian colonies are seeming more and more like a reality with every passing day. Sure, there is still a mountain of hurdles for researchers to overcome before we’re sipping our morning coffee on the red planet, but nowadays the idea of Mars coffee isn’t all that foreign–it’s the future. To celebrate that, here are some of our favorite pictures of Mars from over the years, which will hopefully provide us with a preview of what our backyards will look like one day (fingers crossed).

The First Martian Sand Dune Studied by Curiosity
An Icy, Terraced Crater
Rover Tracks Near the Endeavour Crater
Curiosity Selfie
Mars Global View of Valles Marineris
Opportunity Spies a Dust Devil
Northern Ice Cap
The Crisp Crater
The Bagnold Dunes From Inside Gale Crater