Tag Archives: Arcadia Planitia

HiRISE: Relatively recent impact in Arcadia Planitia

Remember the great impacts of yore? Well, those days are long gone, but Mars still gets hit with impacts and we’ve catalogued hundreds of them. This particular impact formed sometime between May 2014 and October 2017. It’s only meters in … Continue reading

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THEMIS: The bumpy hills of Arcadia Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 21, 2018. The hills in this VIS image are part of mound located in Arcadia Plantia. Just west of these hills is a long region of grouped hills called Phlegra Montes. The soft contours, … Continue reading

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HiRISE: X kinda-sorta marks the spot

X kinda-sorta marks the spot. This is a candidate Red Dragon landing site in southern Arcadia Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Candidate Red Dragon landing site

Candidate Red Dragon landing site in Arcadia Planitia. There are indications of shallowly buried remnant ice in this area. Beautiful Mars series.

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Terraced craters reveal buried ice sheet on Mars

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, June 30, 2017: A.M. Branson (University of Arizona). When an object impacts into layered material, it can form a crater with terraces in the crater’s walls at the layer boundaries, rather than the simple bowl-shape … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Winding ridges & ‘basketball terrain’ in Arcadia Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 23, 2017. Do you see what I see? Make a wish and then break the wishbone! (THEMIS Art #132) More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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THEMIS: Steinheim Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 24, 2016. Today’s VIS image shows Steinheim Crater, located in Arcadia Planitia. This is a relatively pristine crater with a double layer ejecta blanket and a minimally modified crater interior. More THEMIS Images of … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 3, 2015. This relatively young crater is located on the northern plains of Arcadia Planitia. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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Terraced craters point to subsurface ice sheets

Just beneath the planet’s dirt surface, University of Arizona researchers found an enormous slab of water ice, measuring 130 feet thick and covering an area equivalent to that of California and Texas combined. It was a “crazy-looking crater” on the … Continue reading

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