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HiRISE: Chaos terrain

This image shows chaos terrain on Mars’ equator. NB: HiRISE has not been allowed to acquire off-nadir targeted observations for a couple of months due to MRO spacecraft issues, so many high-priority science objectives are on hold. What can be … Continue reading

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HiRISE: This broken land

This broken land. Surface near Athabasca Valles lava. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Mesas of chaos in Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 18, 2018. This image of central Candor Chasma shows a surface topography called chaos. Chaos is a region of small to medium sized mesas surrounded by valleys that are usually the same elevation. In … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Chaotic terrain on the floor of Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 17, 2018. The bottom half of this image of central Candor Chasma shows a surface topography called chaos. Chaos is a region of small to medium sized mesas surrounded by valleys that are usually … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Fractured terrain in Shambe Crater

Fractured terrain in Shambe Crater. Beautiful Mars series.

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HRSC: Window to a watery past

This 70 km-wide crater and its surrounds offer a window into the watery past of the Red Planet. The scene, captured by ESA’s Mars Express, is a composite of two images taken in March 2007 and February 2017. It focuses … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Aram Chaos

Splendor in the rocks. (Aram Chaos) Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Varieties of geo-chaos in Gorgonum

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 2, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of Gorgonum Chaos. Chaotic regions form when groundwater escapes to the surface, undermining it and causing the ground to collapse. The linear depression at the bottom … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Geo-chaos in Gorgonum

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 27, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of Gorgonum Chaos, a place where subsurface ice melted, broke through to the surface, and drained away after undermining the ground along fractures. The THEMIS VIS … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Chaotic terrain in Xanthe Terra

Chaotic terrain in Xanthe Terra. Beautiful Mars series.

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