by Clayton BrowneSeptember 25, 2014, 2:10 pm

September 25, 2014 6:10 PM

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NASA reported today that it had received the first images from its MAVEN Mars probe as the spacecraft orbited the Red Planet. The false-color images, which NASA released Wednesday, September 24th, were taken with MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument when the probe was 22,680 miles above the surface of Mars, according to NASA officials. The pics were snapped just eight hours after establishing an orbit around Mars.

“Blue shows the ultraviolet light from the sun scattered from atomic hydrogen gas in an extended cloud that goes to thousands of kilometers above the planet’s surface,” NASA wrote in an online description of the images.

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