Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:27AM
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows finely layered rocks within the "Murray Buttes" region on lower Mount Sharp.
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows finely layered rocks within the "Murray Buttes" region on lower Mount Sharp.

The US space agency (NASA) has released new color pictures of the red planet. The photos have been taken by Curiosity Mars rover.

The images show rocky terrain and isolated hill formations on the surface of Mars.

The hills are expected to give researchers a better understanding of how the current landscape of Mars came to be.

NASA says Curiosity took the images with its Mast Camera two days ago.

The red planet’s buttes and mesas rising above the surface are eroded leftovers of ancient sandstone created when winds deposited sand after lower Mount Sharp was formed.