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Mars: March 2017



The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished by a camera at the Red Planet.


This image covers about 310 km x 310 km area with 154 m per pixel resolution in Eridania quadrangle of Mars, adjacent to Mare Cimmerium on it right and Muller crate to its left in the southern hemisphere at areographic region centered around (24 S, 133 E).


As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics -- Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun.


A regional dust storm currently swelling on Mars follows unusually closely on one that blossomed less than two weeks earlier and is now dissipating, as seen in daily global weather monitoring by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


The North Polar layered deposits are a 3-kilometer thick stack of dusty water ice layers that are about 1000 kilometers across.