NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images: October 30, 2013

Status Report From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013

- Beautiful Layers in the Central Uplift of Mazamba Crater

This is only one of four impact craters known that possesses intact layers exposed in the central uplift.

- Enigmatic Channels on the Floor of Mangala Valles

This particular area, called Mangala Valles and located near the Tharsis region, is may be an example of the action of liquid water in the past.

- Martian Thunderbird

This non-circular pit is due to low angle impact from an asteroid or comet.

- Spring Slide

The North Polar region of Mars is capped with layers of water ice and dust, called the "polar layered deposits." This permanent polar cap is covered in the winter with a layer of seasonal carbon dioxide ice.

All of the HiRISE images are archived here:

Information about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is online at The mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, of Denver, is the prime contractor and built the spacecraft. HiRISE is operated by the University of Arizona. Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., of Boulder, Colo., built the HiRISE instrument.


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