Tag Archives: south polar ice cap

HiRISE: We’ll always have the South Pole

We’ll always have the South Pole. While the global dust storm has obscured much of the surface, we’ve still been able to get some good images of the polar region. Can you also spot the example of pareidolia here? Beautiful … Continue reading

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Mars CO2 ice cap throughout the martian year

This animation shows a side-by-side comparison of CO2 ice at the north (left) and south (right) Martian poles over the course of a typical year (two Earth years). This simulation isn’t based on photos; instead, the data used to create … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Jamming with the ‘spiders’ from Mars

During winter at the South Pole of Mars, a carbon dioxide ice cap covers the region and as the sun returns in the spring, “spiders” begin to emerge from the landscape. But these aren’t actual spiders. We call it “araneiform … Continue reading

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ExoMars TGO: South polar layered deposits

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter captured this view of part of the south polar ice cap on Mars on 13 May 2018. The poles of Mars have huge ice caps that are similar to Earth’s polar caps in Greenland and … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layered ice near the South Pole

The two largest ice sheets in the inner solar system are here on Earth, Antarctica and Greenland. The third largest is at the South Pole of Mars and a small part of it is shown here. Much like the terrestrial … Continue reading

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Radar gives new info on Mars climate change, polar cap ages

Three-dimensional (3-D) subsurface radar volumes generated from thousands of 2-D radar profiles are revealing new information about the polar regions of Mars, including more accurate mapping of CO2 and water ices, the discovery of buried impact craters, and new elevation … Continue reading

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HiRISE: South residual polar cap monitoring

Spooky — The wonderfully strange landscape of the South Polar region. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Patterns unique, yet familiar

This close-up image gives the impression of looking like bacterial cells and their internal structures which travel and split in the process of life. These features are fractal in nature: the same image is preserved through different scales, with the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: 500-Meter circular feature

500-Meter circular feature or possible crater. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Argentea Planum in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 27, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of Argentea Planum near the south polar cap. The THEMIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to … Continue reading

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