Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – August 3, 2011

By SpaceRef Editor
August 15, 2011
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o The Western Edge of a Layered Mound in Juventae Chasma

The CRISM instrument on MRO has detected high sulfates at the base of this mound, and the resolution power of HiRISE gives us a better look at the area’s morphology.

o Striated Highlands near Claritas Rupes

These striated highlands are probably the result of what is termed “mass wasting” when material higher up collapses and flows downslope.

o Crater Rim with Bedrock Layers and Gullies

This observation reveals some of the materials that have largely filled the crater.

o Slope of Gale Crater above MSL Landing Site

It is possible that hydrothermal deposits formed here in association with the creation and cooling of Gale Crater billions of years ago.

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.