Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – April 11, 2012

By SpaceRef Editor
April 12, 2012
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– Terraces or Strata on a Crater Slope

Structural features cut through the layered material and strata at this location. Could these features be faults or dikes?

– A Volcanic Pit Chain and Dust Avalanches

The upper wall of the pit shows at least four distinct layers, each representing a sequence of one or more lava flows.

– Eroded Terrain Near Volcanic Fissures

This observation was taken to investigate the topography near the source of fluids from the Cerberus Fossae fractures in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars.

– Layered Sediments in Danielson Crater

These layered sediments are of great interest because they are very regular in thicknesses.

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.

SpaceRef staff editor.