Tag Archives: Syrtis Major

THEMIS: Crazy craters

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 19, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows two craters located on the margin of Syrtis Major Planum. The two large craters are not circular. The flatter sides are caused by the pressure wave generated by … Continue reading

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Explosive volcanism likely made olivine-rich deposit near 2020 rover landing site

Ashfall from ancient volcanic explosions is the likely source of a strange mineral deposit near the landing site for NASA’s next Mars rover, a new study finds. The research, published in the journal Geology, could help scientists assemble a timeline … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Bouncing boulders

Most debris on crater walls slides straight downhill. In this HiRISE image we see examples of boulders that have bounced downhill, not necessarily vertically. A prominent example looks like a dotted line from the top of the crater wall where … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Syrtis Major Planum in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 5, 2019. This false-color VIS image is located in the center of Syrtis Major Planum. At the top of the image is Nili Patera, a volcanic summit. The sand dunes located near Nili Patera … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Dunes in Nili Patera

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 8, 2019. Today’s false color image is located at Nili Patera in Syrtis Major Planum. There are regions of small dunes towards the top and the bottom of the image. The wide range of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Diverse lithologies of the Fourth Planet

Diverse lithologies of the Fourth Planet. This nice image is located in Syrtis Major, right next to Isidis Planitia and south of the Nili Fossae formations. On Mars. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive [More at links]

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HiRISE: Bedrock delights

Bedrock delights. These gorgeous bedrock formations are located in the Syrtis Major region, which is a low-relief shield volcano. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive [More at links]

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HiRISE: Colorful impact

Some regions of Mars are not very colorful, but we can be surprised by local features. This image of an impact crater in the south Syrtis Major region was acquired as a “ride-along” with a CRISM observation, which targeted this … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Terra Sabaea lava tube turned into an open channel

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 3, 2018. This VIS image is located in Terra Sabaea near the margin of Syrtis Major Planum. The channel-like feature in the bottom of the image is an unnamed feature. There is a high … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Crater watchin’ in northeast Syrtis Major

Crater watchin’ in northeast Syrtis Major region. The dunes within the crater are fascinating for their cell shapes, caused by the wind. Beautiful Mars series.

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