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LASP has an extensive history of research and exploration of the Red Planet from developing the Ultraviolet Spectrometer on Mariner 6 & 7 to being the lead institution for the upcoming NASA MAVEN mission. (Courtesy NASA/USGS)

This mosaic of Mars is a compilation of images captured by the Viking Orbiter 1. The center of the scene shows the entire Valles Marineris canyon system, over 3,000 km long and up to 8 km deep, extending from Noctis Labyrinthus, the arcuate system of graben to the west, to the chaotic terrain to the east. (Courtesy NASA/USGS)