Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – August 17, 2011

By SpaceRef Editor
August 20, 2011
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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – August 17, 2011

o Pitted Materials in Bakhuysen Crater

Bakhuysen Crater, located in Noachis Terra, is thought to be the largest crater that possesses (and has preserved) these pitted materials.

o Hematite in Capri Chasma

The TES instrument has detected gray hematite in this area of Capri Chasma, one of several large depressions that make up the Valles Marineris canyon system.

o Caves and Craters

Earlier this year, the CTX camera team saw a crater containing a dark spot on the dusty slopes of the Pavonis Mons volcano. We took a closer look at this feature with HiRISE and found this unusual geologic feature.

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.