Tag Archives: Utopia Planitia

THEMIS: Ice-rich mantling in Utopia crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 16, 2019. This false-color VIS image shows a crater located in Utopia Planitia. The crater’s interior shows ample evidence for an ice-rich mantling material that has slipped and slumped away from the crater’s upraised … Continue reading

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Mapping potential sources of Mars water

Missions carrying humans to Mars will require on-site resources, and a project led by Planetary Science Institute (PSI) scientists Nathaniel Putzig and Gareth Morgan is mapping the availability of potential shallow water-ice sources across the surface of the Red Planet. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layered deposits in northern mid-latitudes

Layered deposits in the northern mid-latitudes. The objective of this observation is to examine layered features in an irregularly shaped depression and a nearby crater. Some researchers have suggested that the shape of mounds in large craters may be due … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Just another quiet day on Mars

Just another quiet day on Mars. This cluster of [impact] craters is located, ironically, in Utopia Planitia. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Crazy terrain in Utopia

That crazy terrain. This is the floor of a crater in Utopia Planitia. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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THEMIS: Storm clouds over Utopia

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 7, 2018. This VIS image shows the cloud tops of a large storm over Utopia Planitia. The clouds are composed mainly of dust and completely hide the surface. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Complex feature in Hephaestus Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 8, 2018. This VIS image is located at the eastern end of Hephaestus Fossae. Hephaestus Fossae is a channel system in Utopia Planitia near Elysium Mons. It has been proposed that the channel formed … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Doublet crater in Utopia Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 19, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows a double impact – two meteors hitting simultaneously. The two meteors would have started as a single object, at some point prior to impact the object separated into … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Utopian dust devil tracks

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 2, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows dust devil tracks in Utopia Planitia. The tracks occur where dust devils have scoured the fine materials off the underlying surface. In some cases dust devils can create … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Youngish crater in Utopia Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 17, 2018. This VIS image shows an unnamed crater located in Utopia Planitia. This relatively young crater has a steep inner rim, with floor deposits that originate from the crater rim itself. As craters … Continue reading

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