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HiRISE: Isolated layered hill in Isidis Planitia

Isolated layered hill in Isidis Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Dark dunes in Isidis Planitia crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 14, 2016. Small, dark dunes are located on the floor of this unnamed crater in Isidis Planitia. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.  

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THEMIS: Crater – false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 30, 2015. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. These false color images may reveal subtle variations … Continue reading

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CRISM: Iron-magnesium clays at Isidis Basin rim

This image is located right along the rim of the Isidis impact basin, at the foot of Libya Montes. Here we see iron-magnesium phyllosilicates (cyan). Phyllosilicates are clay and clay-like minerals formed by chemical reactions with liquid water. They are … Continue reading

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Finding Beagle 2

The UK-led Beagle 2 Mars Lander, thought lost on Mars since 2003, has been found partially deployed on the surface of the planet, ending the mystery of what happened to the mission more than a decade ago. Images taken by … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Impact crater in Isidis Planitia

This recent observation is the fifth time we’ve imaged this spot on Mars. We often re-image spots on the surface to search for, or track changes, due to active processes, such as migrating sand dunes. In this case, there isn’t … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Terrain near Isidis Planitia

Terrain near Isidis Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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CRISM: Phyllosilicate minerals at Isidis rim

This image is located right along the rim of the Isidis impact basin, at the foot of Libya Montes. Here we see the stratigraphy (layering) of different iron-magnesium phyllosilicates (white and pink). Phyllosilicates are clay and clay-like minerals formed by … Continue reading

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Changing times in Syrtis Major

Early Mars appears to have been highly unlike today, being warmer and wetter. To find out why and how the environment changed, scientists look for inflection points in Martian history, where one geological regime gives way to another. A report … Continue reading

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Sea cliffs in Libya Montes?

New work suggests that three possible shorelines from ancient lakes or seas in Isidis Planitia lie in Libya Montes. These mountains form the southern rim of Isidis, a Noachian-age impact basin 1,225 kilometers (760 miles) in diameter. They lie along … Continue reading

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