Tag Archives: south polar region

Mars Express: From worry to water

In 2004, a year after Europe’s first mission to Mars was launched, the flight dynamics team at ESA’s operations centre encountered a serious problem. New computer models showed a worrying fate for the Mars Express spacecraft if mission controllers continued … Continue reading

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Mars Express radar finds liquid water under Mars south polar region

Editor’s note: NASA has commented on this discovery. Radar data collected by ESA’s Mars Express point to a pond of liquid water buried under layers of ice and dust in the south polar region of Mars. [The researchers’ paper reporting … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Lace terrain near craters

Lace terrain near craters. Are these interesting channels due to seasonal sublimation and erosion? Beautiful Mars series.

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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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HRSC: Mars upside down

Which way is up in space? Planets are usually shown with the north pole at the top and the south pole at the bottom. In this remarkable image taken by ESA’s Mars Express, the Red Planet is seen with north … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Pits in the south polar layered deposits

Pits in the south polar layered deposits. Beautiful Mars series.

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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: Grazing sunlight on rough terrain

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 7, 2016. The ridges in this VIS image are creating shadows due to low Sun angle. Shadows can give indications of the shape of the feature that is casting the shadow. Here, the late … Continue reading

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