Tag Archives: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

HiRISE: Along the floor of Coprates Chasma

This image shows a small portion of the floor of Coprates Chasma, a large trough within the Valles Marineris system of canyons. Although the exact sequence of events that formed Coprates Chasma is unknown, the ripples, mesas, and craters visible … Continue reading

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CRISM: Evidence of aqueous alteration near Mawrth Vallis

CRISM image 21BCB covers a region on the boundary of Chryse Planita, between Mawrth Vallis and Oyama crater. Chryse Planitia is a smooth circular 1600 km diameter plain that was a landing site for the U.S Viking 1 (landed July … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Cataracts in Kasei Valles

Obviously these are not the kind of cataracts that can develop in the lenses of your eyes, but large erosional scallops that form in river channels, like the Niagara Falls draining the Great Lakes of North America. Cataracts are large … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Sulfates in the northwest Hellas region

Sulfates in the northwest Hellas region. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Multiple curved ridges, Protonilus Mensae

Multiple curved ridges at the end of a valley in Protonilus Mensae. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE digital terrain model for Jezero Crater candidate landing site

The HiRISE camera team has released a digital terrain model (DTM) for Jezero Crater, one of the candidate landing sites for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Information about HiRISE DTMs here; all available DTMs here.

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CRISM: Delta in Jezero Crater

Jezero Crater is a ~45km crater near the Nili Fossae region which is believed to have once been flooded with water. The crater consists of a fan-delta system that deposited rich clays in the area. An important detail for us … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Monitoring steep slopes in Asimov Crater

Monitoring the steep slopes of Asimov Crater. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: In the Planum Angustum region

In the Planum Angustum region. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Stratified fan material in Baltisk Crater

Stratified fan material in Baltisk Crater. Beautiful Mars series.

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