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Wired.com has a collection of the best pictures of the Mars Orbiter online:

NASA's prolific Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter turns five Earth years old Thursday.

Since settling into orbit around the Red Planet on March 10, 2006, MRO has transmitted more data to Earth -- 131 trillion bits and more than 70,000 images so far -- than all other interplanetary missions combined.

After the orbiter finished all its initial science objectives in the first two years, NASA extended its lifetime twice. The extra time let MRO watch Mars change over two-and-a-half Martian years, giving a new picture of a shifting, dynamic planet.

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Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Aliette de Bodard – In the Vanishers’ Palace

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

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