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HiRISE: Utopia Planitia

Utopia Planitia, a name that literally means “plains of nowhere.” Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE images Curiosity on its way to the ridge

Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the Curiosity rover this month amid rocky mountainside terrain. The car-size rover, climbing up lower Mount Sharp toward its next destination, appears as … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Fractured ground in Isidis Planitia

Fractured ground in Isidis Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Layers on rim of southern impact crater

Swoop! – Layers on the rim of an impact crater in the southern region of Mars. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: The White Cliffs of ‘Rover’

This image reminds us of the rugged and open terrain of a stark shore-line, perhaps of an island nation, such as the British Isles. A close-up in enhanced color produces a striking effect, giving the impression of a cloud-covered cliff … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Faults in Melas Chasma

Faults in Melas Chasma. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Decoding a geological message

A close up image of a recent 150-meter diameter impact crater near Amazonis Mensa and Medusae Fossae is another great example of geologic complexity of Mars. The spider web-like texture of this crater is intriguing. But what does it mean? … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Hills in Eos Chasma

Hills in Eos Chasma. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Crater on a crater wall

It’s not that common to see craters on steep hills, partly because rocks falling downhill can quickly erase such craters. Here, however, a small impact occurred on the sloping wall of a larger crater and is well-preserved. Dark, blocky ejecta … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Monitoring sand sheets and dunes

This crater features sand dunes and sand sheets on its floor. What are sand sheets? Snow fall on Earth is a good example of sand sheets: when it snows, the ground gets blanketed with up to a few meters of … Continue reading

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