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InSight: Elysium landing site coverage by HiRISE

This map shows footprints of images taken from Mars orbit by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera as part of advance analysis of the area where NASA’s InSight mission will land in 2018. The final planned image of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Distinctive brightness

This full-resolution image is centered on a bright deposit at the end of a gully channel. The bright deposit does not seem to be present in an image acquired several years earlier than 2009, and is likely to be very … Continue reading

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MRO completes 50,000 orbits

The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished by a camera at the Red Planet. In addition, the spacecraft — NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Valleys on Darwin Crater rim and wall

Valleys on east rim and wall of Darwin Crater imaged by Viking — Viking Image 571B01. Beautiful Mars series.

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MARCI weather report, March 20-26, 2017

Dust-lifting activity on Mars this past week was relatively uneventful compared to that of the previous weeks. Skies above Noachis continued to clear up as dust from the recent regional storm settled out of the atmosphere. Local-scale dust storms continued … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Plains south of Valles Marineris

This enhanced-color sample reveals the incredible diversity of landforms on some Martian plains that appear bland and uniform at larger scales. Here we see layers, small channels suggesting water flow, craters, and indurated sand dunes. [More at link]

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HiRISE: Unusual dunes on a crater floor

Unusual dunes on a crater floor. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: The splitting of the dunes

The mound in the center of this image appears to have blocked the path of the dunes as they marched south (north is to the left in this image) across the scene. Many of these transverse dunes have slipfaces that … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Possible chloride-rich deposits in Terra Sirenum

Possible chloride-rich deposits in Terra Sirenum. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Dust devil tracks on southern crater rim

Southern crater rim. Beautiful Mars series.

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