The Enigmas on Mars 15
Mars Global Surveyor
From Mars With Love
A Collection of Heart Shaped Craters
"Martian Valentines"
Heart and Ribbon

One of many heart shaped craters found on Mars. So far there is no logical explanation for how these are formed.

Original image Credit: 
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Comments: I always thought that the Planet Venus was the Planet of Love and Mars the Planet of war... but judging by the following images we might have to revise that thinking, either than or Mars is looking to present a new image - Zorgon 
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Mars Global Surveyor
Happy Valentine's Day 2004
Happy St. Valentine's Day from the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team! This collection of images acquired over the past 3 Mars years shows some of the heart-shaped features found on Mars by the MGS MOC.

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-636, 14 February 2004

The heart in E04-01788 is a low mesa located near 46.7N, 29.0W, and is about 636 m (2,086 ft) wide.
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The heart in R10-03259 is a depression located near 22.7N, 56.6W, and is about 378 m (1,240 ft) wide.
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The heart in R09-02121 is a small mesa on a crater floor located near 37.2S, 324.7W, and is about 120 m (395 ft) wide.
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The heart in R09-00918 is a depression located near 35.8N, 220.5W, and is about 525 m (1,722 ft) wide.
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The border in this image and the texture ofthe ground give the impression of a flower bed. - Zorgon
The heart in R04-00395 is a depression in which occurs a low mesa located near 57.5N, 135.0W, and is about 1 km (~0.62 mi) wide.
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The heart in R06-01364 is a depression located near 8.4S, 345.7W, and is about 502 m (1,647 ft) wide.
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This crater has short rays on the lobes of the heart giving it a "Flaming Heart" appearance. - Zorgon
The heart in E11-00090 is a depression located near 0.2N, 119.3W, and is about 485 m (1,591 ft) wide.
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The heart in E12-00275 is a depression located near 32.7S, 139.3W, and is about 512 m (1,680 ft) wide.
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This area is covered with lines and patterns reminiscent of the Nazca Lines in Peru. - Zorgon
The heart in M11-00480 is a depression located near 1.9N, 186.8W, and is about 153 m (502 ft) wide.
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From Mars, With Love
This is the best one I have seen yet. This brings the count to 10 Heart shaped craters - Zorgon.

First, Mars seemed to be greeting Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) with a  Happy Face. Now, it seems as if the planet is sending its love with the latest picture (above, left) from MGS's Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC).

This valentine from Mars (above, left) is actually a pit formed by collapse within a straight-walled trough known in geological terms as a graben. Graben are formed along fault lines by expansion of the bedrock terrain (see "Chain of Pits on Pavonis Mons" for more information). The graben in which the pit formed can be seen in the full MOC image, depicted on the right (above).

The heart-shaped pit is about 2.3 kilometers (1.4 miles) at its widest. The image was targeted by the MOC team in order to examine the relationship between a lava flow (margins indicated by white arrows, above right) and the graben and pits that disrupted and cut across the flow. The graben, pit, and lava flow are located on the east flank of the Alba Patera volcano in northern Tharsis. The MOC images are illuminated from the left. 

Image Source MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-135, 17 June 1999

Happy Valentine's Day From Mars!
Another Heart shaped Mesa found by Malin. Happy St. Valentine's Day from the Red Planet! The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) captured this unique view of a bright, heart-shaped mesa in the south polar region on November 26, 1999. This feature is located in the Promethei Rupes region near 79.6S, 298.3W. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left. The heart is about 255 meters (279 yards) across. 

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-207, 11 February 2000

Eve's Apple
Mackintosh Apple complete with the leaves... Perhaps this is Eve's Apple?
The heart in R08-00939 is a depression located near 12.1S, 173.5W, and is about 384 m (1,260 ft) wide.
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This area is covered with strange patterns, one heart shaped, one triangular, a "d" shape. Click on the image for a non-colorized version.
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Happy Face
"Happy Face" Crater Greets MGS at the Start of the Mapping Mission - MSS
Image Source MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-89, 11 March 1999

"Eyes of the Owl"
Twin Craters
Just a very unusual pair of craters - Zorgon
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