Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – January 30, 2013

By SpaceRef Editor
January 31, 2013
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– Textured Crater Floor in the Arabia Region

Surrounding the uplifted bedrock in the center of this large crater is mottled terrain. What possibly caused this?

– East Coprates Chasma Dune Fields and Wall Rock

One of the suggested goals for this observation was to investigate the relation of dune material with wall rock as a suspected sand source.

– A Crater Exposing Diverse Compositions

The blue-green (infrared-shifted) colors indicate minerals like olivine and pyroxene, common in lava or subsurface intrusions of magma.

– MSL Curiosity on Sol 157 in Color

This HiRISE observation was performed in conjunction with a CRISM observation so that they could get good spectral data on the scour zone created by the MSL descent rockets.

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.