Tag Archives: Acidalia Planitia

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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THEMIS: Rampart crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 17, 2016. This VIS image shows an unnamed crater in Acidalia Planitia. The margins of the ejecta are lobate and higher than the ejecta closer to the crater. This type of ejecta blanket is … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Crater – false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 7, 2016. The THEMIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. These false color images may reveal subtle variations of … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, November 2-8, 2015

At the beginning of last week, condensate water-ice clouds associated with the aphelion cloud-belt were spotted over Tharsis, Arabia, and Syrtis Major. During this time, dust lifting activity was also observed over Aonia. At the end of the week, three … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Channels

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 21, 2015. Today’s VIS image shows part of a complex region of channels which dissect the margin of Arabia Terra where elevations lower into Acidalia Planitia. Material that has moved down the channels in … Continue reading

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THEMIS: The Martian, Part 1: Acidalia Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 12, 2015. All this week, the THEMIS Image of the Day is following on the real Mars the path taken by fictional astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on the Red Planet in the book and … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Acidalia Planitia – false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 7, 2015. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. These false color images may reveal subtle variations … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Ares 3 landing site: fact meets fiction

Andy Weir, the author of the best-selling novel “The Martian,” had previously contacted the HiRISE team requesting that we take a picture of the Ares 3 landing site from his novel in Acidalia Planitia, within driving distance from the Pathfinder … Continue reading

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