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Dust Storms Linked to Gas Escape from Mars Atmosphere

Two 2001 images from the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor orbiter show a dramatic change in the planet’s appearance when haze raised by dust-storm activity in the south became globally distributed. The images were taken about a …

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Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice

A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that appears bright blue in this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The scene is about 550 yards wide. The scarp drops about 140 …

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Honeycomb-Textured Landforms in Northwestern Hellas Planitia

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona   Honeycomb-Textured Landforms in Northwestern Hellas Planitia This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) targets a portion of a group of honeycomb-textured landforms in northwestern Hellas Planitia, which is part of one of the …

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Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

Possible Floor of an Ancient Martian Sea This view of a portion of the Eridania region of southern Mars shows fractured, dismembered blocks of deep-basin deposits that have been surrounded and partially buried by younger volcanic deposits. The image was …

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New Look at 2004’s Martian Hole-in-One Site

The bright landing platform left behind by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in 2004 is visible inside Eagle Crater, at upper right in this April 8, 2017, observation by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona Click for …

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Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

The Context Camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking images of Mars since 2006. This animation shows, at one frame per month, how these observations have accumulated to cover more than 99 percent of Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS …

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NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms

This movie clip shows a global map of Mars with atmospheric changes from Feb. 18, 2017, through March 6, 2017, a period when two regional-scale dust storms appeared. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Click on the image for larger animation   NASA …

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One Role of Mars Orbiter: Check Possible Landing Sites

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been observing Mars since 2006, enabling it to document many types of changes, such as the way winds alter the appearance of this recent impact site. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona Click for a full …

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Similar-Looking Ridges on Mars Have Diverse Origins

This view from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows part of an area on Mars where narrow rock ridges, some as tall as a 16-story building, intersect at angles forming corners of polygons. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of …

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Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

Here is a view of Earth and its moon, as seen from Mars. It combines two images acquired on Nov. 20, 2016, by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, with brightness adjusted separately for Earth and the moon …

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Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become Spiders

This sequence of three HiRISE images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the growth of a branching network of troughs carved by thawing carbon dioxide over the span of three Martian years. This process may also form larger radially patterned …

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Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Click for a full size image Scalloped Terrain Led to Finding of Buried Ice on Mars This vertically exaggerated view shows scalloped depressions in Mars’ Utopia Planitia region, one of the area’s distinctive textures that prompted researchers to check for …

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HiRISE: 45,000 Mars Orbits and Counting

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shortly before swinging into orbit around Mars ten years ago. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) Click for a full size image HiRISE: 45,000 Mars Orbits and Counting Ten years ago on March 24, the UA-built camera began taking the most …

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