Tag Archives: Noctis Labyrinthus

HiRISE: Light-toned layering in Louros Valles

Light-toned layering in Louros Valles. Louros Valles is to the east of Noctis Labyrinthus. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Layers in Noctis Labyrinthus

Layers in Noctis Labyrinthus. One might suppose that a place named “labyrinth of the night” would have layers of some kind, otherwise it would anticlimactic. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Possible valleys along a plateau in Noctis Labyrinthus

Possible valleys along a plateau in Noctis Labyrinthus. If there are valleys, this could explain why there are hydrated minerals only found along this portion. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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Mars Express: From horizon to horizon

Fifteen years ago, ESA’s Mars Express was launched to investigate the Red Planet. To mark this milestone comes a striking view of Mars from horizon to horizon, showcasing one of the most intriguing parts of the martian surface. On 2 … Continue reading

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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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