Tag Archives: Meridiani Planum

THEMIS: Basaltic dunes on a Meridiani Planum crater floor

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 16, 2019. Today’s false color image shows an unnamed crater north of Meridiani Planum. The dark blue features are small basaltic sand dunes. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Endeavour Crater in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 15, 2019. Today’s false color image shows part of Endeavour Crater in Meridiani Planum. The MER Opportunity Rover drove along the rim of this crater, ending its 15 year mission after losing contact during … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Goodbye Opportunity

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 2, 2019. This false-color VIS image shows part of Meridiani Planum. While this image does not show where the Opportunity MER rover explored, Meridiani Planum was Opportunity’s home since it arrived in January 2004. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layers in Meridiani

Layers in Meridiani. Despite the numerous data gaps with this observation, we can still get a closer look at the layers in Meridiani Planum. The hematite we find in this region is part of a layered sedimentary rock formation about … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Hazcam tour of Meridiani Planum, Sols 1-5104

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HiRISE: Layered sedimentary rocks in Meridiani Planum

Layered sedimentary rocks in Meridiani Planum. Ah, the loveliness of Meridiani. Meridiani Planum is a plain located south of Mars’ equator, in the westernmost portion of Terra Meridiani. It hosts a rare occurrence of gray crystalline hematite, which on Earth, … Continue reading

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Gathering the rocks of Meridiani Planum

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Michael Bouchard and Bradley Joliff recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] A Systematic Method for Classifying and Grouping Late Noachian and Early Hesperian Rock Targets Analyzed by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Monitoring active dunes in east Meridiani Planum

Monitoring active dunes in east Meridiani Planum. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Of sand, rock, and dust

Of sand, rock, and dust. There is some wonderful stratigraphy on display here in Meridiani Planum. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Twin craters in Meridiani Planum

This image shows two small impact craters located in Meridiani Planum. This is an example of the geologic principle of superposition: figuring out what happened first by looking at how features interact with each other. We can see that one … Continue reading

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