A stunning new 4K video has revealed Mars in incredible detail.
The video was created by ElderFox Documentaries using photos snapped by three NASA rovers – Spirit, Curiosity and Opportunity.
A narrator explained: “This is the first time Martian footage has been rendered in stunning, 4K resolution.”
The video shows many of Mars’ most famous locations in stunning detail, including Cape Verde, Santa Maria Crater, Burns Cliff and Marathon Valley Entrance.
Amazingly, one view, which the narrator describes as the ‘largest mosaic ever put together’, was created from more than 1,000 photos taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover.
The narrator said: “The rover was exploring the area named ‘Glen Torridon’ which was theorized to contain large amounts of clay.
“Clay found on Mars signals the presence of water in the past. At this point, in 2020, the NASA rovers have found irrefutable evidence that Mars was once a watery planet.”
The stunning video comes shortly before NASA launches a new rover to Mars.
The Perseverance rover will launch on a 34 million mile journey to Mars at 07:50 EDT (12:50 BST) on July 30.
The rover will launch from Kennedy Space Centre on board a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, and will then complete a 34 million mile journey to Mars, before landing in the Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.
Its key mission is to search for signs of ancient microbial life, but will collect and store Martian rock and dust samples.
NASA hopes these samples will help to pave the way for human exploration of the red planet in the near future.
NASA said: “The Mars 2020 mission is part of a larger program that includes missions to the Moon as a way to prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.
“Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 through NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration plans.”