Tag Archives: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment

HiRISE: Stair-stepped hill in central Arabia Terra

Stair-stepped hill in central Arabia Terra. Stratified material eroded so as to look something like a wedding cake. A cliff-bench slope expression, apparently mantled with dust, each layer is roughly the same thickness as the next. Beautiful Mars series. [More … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Of sand, rock, and dust

Of sand, rock, and dust. There is some wonderful stratigraphy on display here in Meridiani Planum. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Alluvial fan in Murray Crater

Alluvial fan in Murray Crater. Alluvial fans are among the strongest lines of evidence that liquid water once flowed on the surface of Mars. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Inverted channels

Inverted channels at the boundary of highlands and intercrater plains. This image targets inverted channels located at the boundary between Noachian highlands and Noachian intercrater plains bedrock. These channels are 200 to 500 meters wide, implying substantial fluvial activity. High-resolution … Continue reading

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HiRISE: North polar layered deposits

North polar layered deposits. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Twin craters in Meridiani Planum

This image shows two small impact craters located in Meridiani Planum. This is an example of the geologic principle of superposition: figuring out what happened first by looking at how features interact with each other. We can see that one … Continue reading

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HiRISE: All that the lava leaves behind

All that the lava leaves behind. There are streamlined and eroded forms in this lava channel, a region with very little HiRISE coverage. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Dunes in Nectaris Montes

Sand dunes in Valles Marineris can be impressive in size, with steep slopes that seem to climb and descend. An enhanced-color cutout shows some of these on the slopes of Nectaris Montes within Coprates Chasma. The brighter bedforms are inactive … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Following Opportunity

Following Opportunity. This image adds more coverage the general area that the rover Opportunity passed through (not the entire image). The image would also be useful for secondary crater studies and monitoring the disappearance of Opportunity’s tracks over time. Beautiful Mars … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Pair of new impact craters

MRO has discovered over 700 new impact sites on Mars. Often, a bolide breaks apart in the atmosphere and makes a tight cluster of new craters. Here we see just two new craters, both with the same distinctive pattern of … Continue reading

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