Beg, borrow or steal a pair of 3-D glasses. You know the ones. One half is blue, the other red. When you look through them at images taken as stereo pairs, it’s like being there. The Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter has taken over 300 3-D pairs of images, and they’re all available on this website.
There are so many, I risk losing much needed sleep tonight. You’ll be thrilled how real the planet appears — the relief and detail are remarkable when you don your glasses. Careful not stumble down a crater wall or get lost among the canyons of Candor Chasma.
Included here are several images that made an impression on me, but you’ll find your own personal favorites. If you don’t own a pair of 3-D glasses, they’re available cheap over the Internet. You can use NASA’s link to guide you to a variety of sites.
Pit craters of the Tractus crater chain. Credit: all images NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona
Shalbatana Valley. Notice the parallel sand dunes on the valley floor.
Zumba crater — a fresh one.
Layered deposits in Candor Chasma, one of the largest canyons in the Valley of the Mariners
Gullies, possibly carved by liquid water