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ExoMars: Noctis Labyrinthus stereo pair

ExoMars was launched on a Proton-M rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on 14 March 2016. Around seven months later, it arrived at Mars. As part of preparations for its main science mission to analyse the atmosphere for gases that may be … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Light-toned layers in Noctis Labyrinthus

Understanding both the spatial and temporal distribution of hydrated (water-bearing) minerals on Mars is essential for deciphering the aqueous history of the planet. Over 300 meters of layered beds are exposed in this trough of Noctis Labyrinthus, at the western … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Canyons in the Labyrinth of Night

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 28, 2016. Today’s VIS image shows a small portion of Noctis Labyrinthus. Noctis Labyrinthus is a network of tectonic graben and collapse valleys on the western margin of Valles Marineris. More THEMIS Images of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Steep slope in eastern Noctis Labyrinthus

Steep slope in eastern Noctis Labyrinthus. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Cracks, pits, faults, & graben in the Labyrinth of Night

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 25, 2016. This VIS image shows some of the graben which form Noctis Labyrinthus. Graben are formed when pairs of faults cause the material between them to move downward, creating the linear trough. The … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dreaming of graben in the Labyrinth of Night

Noctis Labyrinthus is a highly tectonized region immediately to the west of Valles Marineris. It formed when Mars’ crust stretched itself apart. In this region, the crust first stretched in a north-south direction (as evidenced by the east-west trending scarp) … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Possible sulfates in Noctis Labyrinthus

Possible sulfates in Noctis Labyrinthus. Beautiful Mars series.

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Lakes in Noctis Labyrinthus: ancient habitable environments?

Groundwater circulation beneath a massive tectonic rift zone located along the flanks of some the Solar System’s largest volcanic plateaus resulted in the formation more than 3 billion years ago of some the deepest basins on Mars, according to a … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Jarosite in Noctis Labyrinthus

This image shows the western side of an elongated pit depression in eastern Noctis Labyrinthus. Along the pit’s upper wall is a light-toned layered deposit. CRISM spectra extracted from the light-toned deposit are consistent with the mineral jarosite, which is … Continue reading

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HRSC: Noctis Labyrinthus in perspective

A small portion of the vast Noctis Labyrinthus region, part of a complex graben system relating to volcanic activity in the Tharsis region. As the crust bulged it stretched apart nearby terrain, ripping fractures several kilometres deep and leaving blocks … Continue reading

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