Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – June 20, 2012

By SpaceRef Editor
June 22, 2012
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– Rough Surfaces in Deuteronilus Mensae

The objective of this observation is to examine what may be formerly ice-rich terrain that has just lost ice to the atmosphere.

– Exploring Antoniadi Crater

Antoniadi Crater was identified, even prior to the MRO mission, as a likely ancient lake (now dry) that was supplied by both surface water and ground water.

– Ridges in Meridiani Planum

When terrain gets squeezed by geologic forces deep rocks sometimes break and get pushed upwards forming raised wrinkles on the surface.

– Colorful Layers in Nili Fossae

This enhanced-color version of the central part of the HiRISE image shows colorful layers that may contain carbonate minerals.

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.