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HiRISE: Bedrock outcrops in Kaiser Crater

This enhanced-color image shows a patch of well-exposed bedrock on the floor of Kaiser Crater. The wind has stripped off the overlying soil, and created grooves and scallops in the bedrock. The narrow linear ridges are fractures that have been … Continue reading

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Mars winds carve mountains, move & raise dust

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet’s landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today. Studies using both a NASA orbiter and a rover reveal its effects on scales grand to tiny on … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Aeolian erosion textures near Cerberus Fossae

Aeolian erosion textures near Cerberus Fossae. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Craters on a crater’s floor

Craters on a crater’s floor. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Soffen Crater floor

Dr. Gerald A. Soffen (February 7, 1926 — November 22, 2000) was a project scientist for the NASA’s Viking program of Mars landers. This crater on Mars was named after him, and this image covers a small portion of the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Windstreak on Daedalia Planum

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 26, 2016. The “tail” behind the crater at the top of this VIS image is called a windstreak. This feature is formed by winds blowing over, in, and around the crater. Turbulence in the … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pancam checks Spirit Mound

Sol 4502, September 22, 2016. Above is a Pancam composite showing part of Spirit Mound and one of the small rocky “ridges” leading away from it. Pancam took a fully filtered set of images for the two leftmost frames (false-colored … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Wind streaks on Daedalia Planum

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 23, 2016. This VIS image shows part of Daedalia Planum as well as several windstreaks. There is a large streak in the bottom half of the frame from a large crater off the image … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Wind-scoured lava flows of Pavonis Mons

This image shows a circular impact crater and an oval volcanic caldera on the southern flank of a large volcano on Mars called Pavonis Mons. The caldera is also the source of numerous finger-like lava flows and at least one … Continue reading

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HiRISE: River of sand

A dominant driver of surface processes on Mars today is aeolian (wind) activity. In many cases, sediment from this activity is trapped in low-lying areas, such as craters. Aeolian features in the form of dunes and ripples can occur in … Continue reading

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