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Mud cracks help reveal the shape of water on Mars

As Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet’s watery past comes into clearer focus. In early 2017 scientists announced the discovery of possible desiccation cracks in Gale Crater, which was filled by lakes 3.5 billion years ago. Now, a … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Horse playing the flute

Horse playing the flute. Maybe you can see a horse playing a flute here, but really this is a portion of the floor of Eberswalde Crater, at one time candidate landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory.  The light-toned bedrock … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A sequence of beauty in Terby Crater

The north-facing wall of a moat-like depression in the middle of Terby Crater exposes a beautiful 400 meter-high sequence of light-toned, repetitive sedimentary layers. These deposits are often obscured by darker-toned patches of material as well as ripples and dunes. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Lakebeds in Holden Crater

Holden Crater was once filled by at least two different lakes. The sediments deposited in those lakes are relatively light-toned where exposed, as we see in this observation. Each layer represents a different point in time and perhaps a changing … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Fans and crater floor deposits southeast of Vinogradov Crater

This white, purple, and pink surface is located on the floor of an impact crater on the southeast rim of the larger Vinogradov Crater in southern Margaritifer Terra. The surface consists of what is left of a series of thin … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Einstein and Mars

In February 1917, Albert Einstein wrote in a letter: “It is a pity that we do not live on Mars and just observe man’s nasty antics by telescope.” We do have a telescope at Mars, but we use it to … Continue reading

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Sedimentology and hydrology of Amazonian paleo-fluvio-lacustrine system in Moa Valles

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, March 31, 2016: Francesco Salese (Università D’Annunzio, Italy). Mars, is one of the planetary bodies where water flowed and where it may transiently flow today under certain conditions. Many martian paleodrainage systems and well-preserved … Continue reading

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