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Mars: November 2021



This HiRISE image shows the central pit feature of an approximately 20-kilometer diameter complex crater in located at 304.480 degrees east, -11.860 degrees south, just north of the Valles Marineris.


Dr. Gerald A. Soffen (February 7, 1926 -- November 22, 2000) was a project scientist for the NASA's Viking program of Mars landers.


NASA's Curiosity rover captured a remarkable image from its most recent perch on the side of Mars' Mount Sharp.


Seismic data collected in Elysium Planitia, the second largest volcanic region on Mars, suggest the presence of a shallow sedimentary layer sandwiched between lava flows beneath the planet's surface.


Pictured here appears to be the edge of a blast radius of a large meteorite impact crater with smaller and more recent cratering interrupting its circumference.


Capri Chasma is located in the eastern portion of the Valles Marineris canyon system, the largest known canyon system in the Solar System.


Recently downlinked imagery of a September flight has allowed the rover imaging team to put together a video of rotorcraft performing to near-perfection.


This image of a southern mid-latitude crater was intended to investigate the lineated material on the crater floor.


Relatively dark slope streaks are common on steep dust-mantled slopes of Mars. When imaged under high sun illumination they appear to be just a dark stain without topographic relief.


OPTIMISM, the full-scale engineering model of Perseverance, begins a series of rigorous tests to assess the risk of potential driving hazards on the surface of the Red Planet.


Noctis Labyrinthus, "the labyrinth of the night," sits at the western end of the largest canyon of the solar system Valles Marineris.


The purpose of this observation is to image dunes where substantial gullies formed in the previous Mars winter (2013).


Mars has a vast sea of sand dunes in the high latitude region encircling its north polar cap, known as the North Polar erg. These dunes are made up of basalt and gypsum sand grains.


When the operations team logged on today, we were prepared to pick up where Monday's team had left off in Curiosity's ongoing drill campaign at Zechstein.


This impact crater in the Nilosyrtis region of Mars contains numerous layers exposed along its floor. These layers formed long after the impact event and are likely deposits of dust and ice.


Understanding both the spatial and temporal distribution of hydrated (water-bearing) minerals on Mars is essential for deciphering the aqueous history of the planet.


Curtin University researchers have pinpointed the likely origin of a group of meteorites ejected from Mars, using a machine learning algorithm that analyses high-resolution planetary images.


This is a black and white image of rocks embedded in sand on Martian ground. Low hills are present in the horizon of the image against a clear sky. In the forefront smooth sand and small scattered rock particles are present.


The drive over the weekend was successful, gaining us more than 6 m in elevation - not bad for a weekend hike!