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HiRISE: Candidate human exploration zone in Aram Chaos

Candidate human exploration zone in Aram Chaos. Beautiful Mars series.

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Mars 2020 rover landing site short list: Columbia Hills, Jezero Crater, Northeast Syrtis Major

Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation. The three potential landing sites for NASA’s next Mars rover include Northeast Syrtis (a very ancient portion … Continue reading

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MRO: Looking for landing sites

At an international workshop this week about where NASA’s next Mars rover should land, most of the information comes from a prolific spacecraft that’s been orbiting Mars since 2006. Observations by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the basis for … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Eberswalde Crater’s famous delta

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 9, 2016. Today’s false color image shows the delta deposit in Eberswalde Crater. Channels from the crater rim hosted material entering the crater. This crater and its delta deposit were shortlisted as a possible Curiosity … Continue reading

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HRSC: Mawrth Vallis mosaic

Sculpted by ancient water flowing on the surface, Mawrth Vallis is one of the most remarkable outflow channels on Mars. The valley, once a potentially habitable place, is one of the main features of a region at the boundary between … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Candidate landing site for 2020 rover

Candidate landing site for 2020 mission in Melas Chasma. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: An east watershed for Jezero Crater

Jezero Crater is candidate future landing site that contains sediments deposited by at least three ancient rivers. This image was targeted to the eastern headlands of the river flowing in from that direction. In addition to complex erosional patterns, there … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Mars 2020 candidate landing site in McLaughlin Crater

McLaughlin Crater (21.9 N, 337.6 E) is a large, approximately 95-kilometer diameter impact crater located north of Mawrth Vallis, in Arabia Terra, a region that was made famous by the book and movie “The Martian” by Andy Weir. McLaughlin Crater … Continue reading

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Mars 2020: Landing sites, old and new, ranked at 2nd workshop for NASA’s next rover mission

Designed to study rocks and soils to understand past habitable conditions on Mars and to seek signs of ancient microbial life, NASA’s Mars 2020 rover still has no formal name, but the work of selecting its landing site continues apace. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Curiosity landing site over time

Spacecraft that land in dusty areas of Mars create dark blast zone patterns where bright dust is blown away by the landing. Continued high-resolution monitoring with the HiRISE show these dark patterns fade over time in a surprising way. These … Continue reading

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