Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – January 24, 2013

By SpaceRef Editor
January 25, 2013
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– Spring Fans

At high latitudes every winter carbon dioxide condenses from Mars’ atmosphere onto the surface forming a seasonal polar cap.

– Beautiful Butterfly Crater (HiWish Granted Again)

This observation fulfills a HiWish request from a member of the public.

– Banded Bedrock in Terra Sabaea

The ridges or bright or dark lines that cut across the layers mark faults, places where the crust fractured and accommodated motions.

– Stone Circles

This image covers a region southeast of the giant Hellas impact basin, which has distinctive properties in THEMIS temperature images.

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.