With India's Mars Orbiter now successfully circling the Red Planet, it's now beaming back its first images—like this striking full colour photo. Snapped on September 28th from 74,500 kilometres above the planet, images like these will be used to analyse and probe the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere.
It took just ten months for NASA's water-seeking satellite to traverse the 442 million miles between Earth and Mars. And, now that it has successfully entered stable orbit around the red planet. Here's some of the key things you need to know about the Mars-Orbiter.
Wait, is that... human bones on Mars? Not quite, conspiracy theorists: in fact it's just a rock that happens to look a little bit like a femur thigh bone. It was snapped by the Mars rover Curiosity using its MastCam. [NASA]
Despite the best efforts of NASA, it's impossible to put craft into space that are entirely clean. Now, a study shows that Curiosity was sent up to Mars with 377 strains of microbes aboard—and up to 11 per cent may have made it to the surface of the red planet.