Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – January 16, 2013

By SpaceRef Editor
January 17, 2013
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– Seasonal Erosion

Bright carbon dioxide frost (or, dry ice) highlights a network of channels carved into the surface.

– A Channel Emanating from a Crater

The origins of channels on Mars is of great interest to understand the history of water.

– Changing Dust Devil Tracks and Sand Streaks in Noachis Terra

Sand dunes on Mars are studied for many reasons. Recent investigations have focused on dune and ripples movement.

– The Tracks of Curiosity

This image was acquired for color coverage of the region that the Curiosity rover may explore, but we acquired some extra monochromatic coverage of the rover tracks.

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.