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HiRISE: Interesting texture & thermal properties

Interesting texture and thermal properties. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: What’s a high thermal-inertia surface?

What do we mean when we describe a surface as having “high thermal inertia”? The term refers to the ability of a material to conduct and store heat, and in planetary science, its measure of the subsurface’s ability to store … Continue reading

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Cold dust, warm rock: sharpest map ever of Mars surface properties

More than 20,000 THEMIS nighttime infrared images have been merged and blended into the sharpest map ever made of Mars’ surface properties. The work is a collaboration between Arizona State University and Robin Fergason of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Astrogeology … Continue reading

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Mars’ explosive childhood

Mars is widely understood to be a volcanic planet — its surface shows abundant evidence of volcanic activity, both ancient and more recent. Spacecraft detect lava flows in many locations, and spectroscopic evidence of volcanic rocks lies almost everywhere. The … Continue reading

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Hurtling moon casts no cooling shadow

Total solar eclipses on Earth take hours to unfold, even if totality — the brief time when all the Sun is covered — lasts just a few minutes. Almost everyone who stands in the path of a solar eclipse notes … Continue reading

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