Tag Archives: Meridiani Planum

Opportunity landing site in color

A new observation from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago. A series of bounces and tumbles after … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Recent crater & bedrock in Meridiani Planum

Recent crater and bedrock in Meridiani Planum. Beautiful Mars series.

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Opportunity: Geologically fresh crater

Sol 4680, March 24, 2017. A relatively fresh crater from a small meteorite impact lies out on the sands of Meridiani, just west of the Endeavour Crater rim. (False color Pancam  reconstruction by Holger Isenberg.) For a larger version, click … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Surface textures in Sinus Meridiani

Surface textures in Sinus Meridiani. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Ancient eroded craters, Meridiani Planum

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 23, 2016. Today’s false color image shows eroded craters in northern Meridiani Planum. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Third image of Schiaparelli crash site

This is the third HiRISE image of the crash site of ESA’s Schiaparelli lander demonstration, and the second imaging capturing the lander site plus backshell and parachute in the central color stripe. [More at link]

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Opportunity report, Sol 4540, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

November 5, 2016: Opportunity Scales Spirit Mound, Takes Shot at Schiaparelli: Deep in the western rim of Endeavour Crater at Cape Tribulation, Opportunity spent the month of October on Spirit Mound studying the rich yet familiar geology at the first … Continue reading

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ExoMars: Schiaparelli crash site in color

Editor note: See also HiRISE and Photojournal posts New high-resolution images taken by a NASA orbiter show parts of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module and its landing site in colour on the Red Planet. Schiaparelli arrived in the Meridiani Planum region … Continue reading

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HiRISE images the Schiaparelli crash site

[Editor note: More at the ExoMars and HiRISE sites] The most powerful telescope orbiting Mars is providing new details of the scene near the Martian equator where Europe’s Schiaparelli test lander hit the surface last week. An Oct. 25 observation … Continue reading

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ExoMars: Did computing error doom Schiaparelli?

[Editor note: Report by Elizabeth Gibney in Nature] Photos of a huge circle of churned-up Martian soil leave few doubts: a European Space Agency (ESA) probe that was supposed to test landing technology on Mars crashed into the red planet … Continue reading

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