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HiRISE: On the intricacies of carbon dioxide ice

On the intricacies of carbon dioxide ice. Measuring the mass balance of what we call the residual South Polar cap (RSPC) has important climatic implications. This image was requested to detect any vertical changes compared to earlier observations. Beautiful Mars … Continue reading

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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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THEMIS: South polar textures as local summer ends

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 8, 2017. This VIS image of the south pole was taken at the end of summer. Frost will soon start to form as the season transitions into fall. Fall in the southern hemisphere means … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Pages from the south polar climate history book

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 22, 2017. Today’s VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. It is now summer in the region and the surface frosts are gone. The layers of ice comprising the cap are now … Continue reading

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HiRISE: South polar residual ice cap

At the south polar residual cap. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Monitoring the south polar residual cap

That distant polar shore. Monitoring the south polar residual cap. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Honey, I shrunk the mesas

The South Polar residual cap (the part that lasts through the summer) is composed of carbon dioxide ice. Although the cap survives each warm summer season, it is constantly changing its shape due to sublimation of carbon dioxide from steep … Continue reading

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