Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images: January 22, 2014

By SpaceRef Editor
January 24, 2014
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– Light-Toned Deposits along Coprates Chasma Slopes

This region of Mars contains kilometers-thick light-toned layered sedimentary deposits along many of its floors.

– Shapes and Spots on a Polar Sand Dune

This observation shows numerous dark shapes and bright spots on a sand dune in the Northern polar regions of Mars.

– Oxus Patera Collapse Feature

It’s unknown how Oxus Patera formed, although some suggest it represents an ancient caldera formed by collapse and explosive volcanism.

– Giant Gullies North of the Argyre Impact Basin

Even by Martian standards, the gullies in this observation are quite large.

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.