Tag Archives: sedimentary deposits

HiRISE: When the lighting is just right

When the lighting is just right. Almost all of our images are taken in the Martian afternoon, around 3 p.m., and sometimes the lighting conditions make a particularly striking image. These are layered sediments in east Melas Chasma. HiRISE Picture … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layers in Meridiani

Layers in Meridiani. Despite the numerous data gaps with this observation, we can still get a closer look at the layers in Meridiani Planum. The hematite we find in this region is part of a layered sedimentary rock formation about … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layered sedimentary rocks in Meridiani Planum

Layered sedimentary rocks in Meridiani Planum. Ah, the loveliness of Meridiani. Meridiani Planum is a plain located south of Mars’ equator, in the westernmost portion of Terra Meridiani. It hosts a rare occurrence of gray crystalline hematite, which on Earth, … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layered history

The geologic history of a planet is written in its layers. Erosion of the surface reveals several shades of light toned layers, likely sedimentary deposits. The most recent geologic features are the narrow sand dunes snaking across the top of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layers northwest Schiaparelli Crater

Layers northwest Schiaparelli Crater. The objective of this observation is to determine the extent of layers in this part of Schiaparelli Crater. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive [More at links]

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Curiosity: Scoping out Lairig Ghru

Sol 2262, December 16, 2018. A 1o x 2 raster pattern of Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) frames makes a composite picture of Lairig Ghru, a distant target on the slopes of Mt. Sharp. Click the image (4 MB) to enlarge it. … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Mt. Sharp vista

Sol 2242, November 26, 2018. While InSight was landing over in Elysium Planitia, Curiosity’s controllers directed the Remote Micro-Imager to shoot an 11-frame composite detailing layers in Mt. Sharp in Gale Crater. Click the image to enlarge it. Sol 2242 … Continue reading

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HiRISE: North flank of Ceti Mensa

The north flank of Ceti Mensa. There is some possible soft-sediment deformation in this area. The region has attracted attention because its deep red color in images collected by the Viking Orbiter mission during the 1970s. Beautiful Mars series. [More … Continue reading

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Trace Gas Orbiter: Juventae Chasma’s layered mound

This striking view of layered sediments on Mars was captured by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System, CaSSIS, on 2 October 2018. The image, which covers an area 25 x 7 km wide, focuses on a … Continue reading

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HiRISE: The Case of the Lurking Frost

HiRISE and the Case of the Lurking Frost. Sheltered by these cliffs, we can see frost build up, along with lots of sedimentary rocks. This area is also a good candidate for recurring slope lineae. Beautiful Mars series. [More at … Continue reading

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