The Year in Pictures 2014 The Year in Pictures 2014 India’s first interplanetary mission, the Mars Orbiter Mission, successfully entered orbit at the Red Planet on September 24, 2014. Hours later, the spacecraft returned its first color images of Mars. This view, taken in early October, shows the volcanoes of Elysium and, toward the bottom of the disk, the dark swath of Terra Cimmeria. Above Terra Cimmeria is a small crater with a large, dark streak running down from it. That’s Gale, Curiosity’s landing site.