Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – July 24, 2013

By SpaceRef Editor
July 24, 2013
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– Utopia Planitia

Under the proper climate conditions, ice may form and seasonally accumulate in a honeycomb network of vertical fractures that appear when ice-rich soil contracts each winter.

– A Unique View of Curiosity Rover in Yellowknife Bay

The rover is now driving south towards the large mound in Gale Crater officially named Aeolis Mons and also called “Mount Sharp.”

– Ice Deposition and Loss in an Impact Crater in Utopia Basin

From what we see in this observation, a lot has happened to modify the appearance of the crater since it was formed.

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.