Tag Archives: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

HiRISE: Finding the plume

Finding the plume. We hope to determine source and identity of a unique material emission “plume” from inside a corner of this crater, which is being dispersed 60-plus miles “downwind” from this location. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. [More … Continue reading

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HiRISE: In etched terrain

In etched terrain. A previous image here showed evidence of recurring slope lineae, so this picture is a follow-up to see if this might be a good candidate for them, although the lineae really aren’t very prominent. Still, we have … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Crater in the Zarqa Valles channel

A crater in the inner channel of Zarqa Valles. We target here a crater of diameter close to 1 kilometer that impacted in an inner channel within a valley with potential sedimentary deposits, in the region of Libya Montes. High … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Near Anseris Mons

Near Anseris Mons. The objective of this observation is to examine a possible fan coming from a channel in Anseris Mons, on the outskirts of a dusty area northeast of the Hellas impact basin. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Plains with clay exposures

Plains with clay exposures. If at first you don’t succeed: an earlier observation we took of this area in 2016 was too hazy to study, so a re-image can get us the closer look at clay exposures we wanted. HiRISE … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Possible jarosite on a plateau in Nili Fossae

Possible jarosite on a plateau in Nili Fossae. Recent analyses of CRISM data have discovered jarosite in this portion of the trough wall, possibly within a previously identified aluminum clay unit. Jarosite is a sulfate mineral also detected by the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Small craters in Promethei Terra

Small craters in Promethei Terra. The target area is for the theoretical landing of a rover, in a flat area close by. The craters in the target area are important because they are a potential source of rock samples that … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layers in Tikhonravov

Layers in Tikhonravov. The objective of this observation is to examine layers outside of a crater within the 344-kilometer diameter Tikhonravov Crater. Tikhonravov is believed to have once held a giant lake and was named after Mikhail Tikhonravov, a Russian … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Flow, moving

Flow, moving. The objective of this observation is to examine a flow that goes through a crater in Nilosyrtis Mensae. It was probably larger in the past and has since been reduced in volume. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: The hills in Eos Chasma

The hills in Eos Chasma. They may not be alive with the sound of music, but we’ll take the opportunity to look for recurring slope lineae, small gullies and slumped material. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. [More at links]

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