Tag Archives: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

HiRISE: Rising above it in Amazonis Planitia

This image shows a bright, rectangular-looking landform surrounded by a dark floor. How did this feature get here if it looks so different than its surroundings? The feature resembles a plateau. Dark streaks mark steep slopes on its sides while … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Linear vent and flows to the southeast of Zunil Crater

A linear vent and flows to the southeast of Zunil Crater. This is located within the Elysium quadrangle on Mars, a region with a volcanic past that for which we can still see evidence of old lava flows. Beautiful Mars … Continue reading

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HiRISE: The walls in Milankovic Crater

The walls in Milankovic Crater. The objective of this observation is to determine the nature of depressions in the mantle on the wall of Milankovic Crater. It seems that the deeper depressions into the mantle have a straight edge along … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Fresh impact near Airy Crater

A fresh impact near Airy Crater. By “fresh,” we are speaking in geological terms, of course, as this impact did not occur in our lifetimes. But we can still see the rim and the ejecta around the crater fairly well. This … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, October 1-7, 2018

Weather patterns on Mars were fairly typical last week. Large dust lifting activity associated with the defrosting south polar seasonal ice cap continued over southern Sirenum and Aonia. The western hemisphere of these polar latitudes also had some small dust … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Terrain at the intersection of a valley and crater floor

Terrain at the intersection of a valley and crater floor. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Summit dunes and their sand sources

The ultimate origin of the sediment that forms Martian dunes has long been debated. While sand dunes on Earth are primarily sourced by quartz-bearing components of granitic continental crust, it’s often suggested that sand on Mars derives from eroded volcanic … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Tell-tale bedrock in Tyrrhena Terra

Large craters, like this 50-kilometer diameter one, can uplift material from below and form a mountain-like central peak. Craters of this size on Mars become unstable as they form and collapse due to gravity. Craters with central peaks and terraced … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Erosion within Cerberus Fossae

A Context Camera image shows a small bench in the middle of the Cerberus Fossae at the head of Athabasca Valles. Small cataracts appear on this bench. Do these reflect erosion as water drained back into the subsurface at the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Crazy terrain in Utopia

That crazy terrain. This is the floor of a crater in Utopia Planitia. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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