Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – February 5, 2014

By SpaceRef Editor
February 5, 2014
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– Channels in Phlegra Montes

Also visible in a Context Camera image, pictures like this can help us understand the fluvial and climate history of ancient Mars.

– Fall Frost Accumulation on Russell Crater Dunes

Russell Crater dunes are a favorite target for HiRISE not only because of their incredible beauty, but for how we can measure the accumulation of frost year after year.

– A Spectacular New Impact Crater and Its Ejecta

This beautiful image shows a large, rayed blast zone around a 30-meter diameter crater, probably formed between 2010 and 2012.

– Squiggly Sand Dunes

It is now late Northern spring on Mars, so the Southern middle latitudes get very low-sun illumination that accentuates subtle topography.

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.