Tag Archives: Acidalia Planitia

HiRISE: Gullies in a crater in Acidalia Planitia

Gullies in a crater in Acidalia Planitia. The objective of this observation is to examine gullies on the north wall of a crater. The slope looks quite steep and the gullies are fairly straight. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Fans and valleys

An impact crater approximately 23 kilometers across is home to fan-shaped deposits that extend from the rim and sit on the interior crater floor. Thick beds with varying tone are exposed along the edge of the fan. Shallow valleys that … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dunes next to a central peak

The dunes, they are coming for you! These dunes are next to a central peak in a crater. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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THEMIS: Milankovic Crater dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 4, 2018. Milankovic Crater is located in central Arcadia Planitia. This VIS image shows small dark sand dunes on the crater floor, and larger dunes within the central crater peak/pit feature. With a diameter … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Blast scour at Bonestell Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 17, 2018. Bonestell Crater is a relatively young crater located in Acidalia Planitia. The grooved surface of the ejecta blanket is evident in this VIS image. The grooves were likely eroded by the outward … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Troughs with axial ridges in Acidalia Planitia

Troughs with axial ridges in Acidalia Planitia. There are large, hundreds of meters in length, troughs in Acidalia Planitia, with high axial ridges down the center. While they appear fairly bland in Mars Orbital Camera images, we can see better … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Evolution of gully features in Acidalia Planitia

This observation captures details regarding the evolution of gully features observed in a crater in Acidalia Planitia. A Context Camera image provides context for these gullies showing an approximately 7-kilometer diameter crater in which we see that the gullies occur … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Entrance to Mawrth Vallis

In Andy Weir’s “The Martian,” stranded astronaut Mark Watney drives from the Ares 3 landing site in Acidalia Planitia towards the Ares 4 landing site in Schiaparelli Crater via Mawrth Vallis. This image covers the entrance to Mawrth Vallis. (Have … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Surface & terrain variety in NE Acidialia

Variety of surfaces and terrains in far northeast Acidalia Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Cratered cones in Acidalia Planitia

This image shows part of a broad plain covered with cratered cones and domes in the Northern lowlands of Mars. These cones are typically lighter and smoother than their surroundings, and also have different colors. One possible explanation for these … Continue reading

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