Tag Archives: Meridiani Planum

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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HiRISE: Following Opportunity

Following Opportunity. This image adds more coverage the general area that the rover Opportunity passed through (not the entire image). The image would also be useful for secondary crater studies and monitoring the disappearance of Opportunity’s tracks over time. Beautiful Mars … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Exploring Meridiani Planum

The Opportunity rover has spent 13 years exploring a small region of Meridiani Planum which has a rather ordinary appearance. Other portions of Meridiani are much more interesting, with well-exposed layered bedrock eroded into strange patterns. [More at link]

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HiRISE: Meridiani crater’s fractured floor

It’s not only hearts that can break. This image shows the fractured floor of a large, ancient impact crater, located in Meridiani Planum, in the Northern hemisphere of Mars. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Eastern rim of Bopolu Crater

The eastern rim of Bopolu Crater. This observation will be used to better characterize Meridiani Planum (where this crater is located) as a possible zone for human exploration. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Etched terrain in Meridiani Planum

Etched terrain in Meridiani Planum. Meridiani Planum is a plain located 2 degrees south of Mars’ equator, and the region itself is home to the rover Opportunity. (Altitude: 271 km.) Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: The fault in our Mars

This image of northern Meridiani Planum shows faults that have disrupted layered deposits. Some of the faults produced a clean break along the layers, displacing and offsetting individual beds (yellow arrow). Interestingly, the layers continue across the fault and appear … Continue reading

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