Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images: October 16, 2013

By SpaceRef Editor
November 3, 2013
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– Fretted Terrains and Ground Deformation
This observation shows an excellent example of what is called “fretted terrain,” termed so because of the eroded appearance of the surface.
– Bedding Details in Layered Rock
This beautiful image shows terrific layers and exposed bedrock along a cliff in west Candor Chasma, which is part of the extensive Valles Marineris canyon system.
– Possible Impacts from MSL Hardware
This cluster of small impact craters was spotted by the Context Camera on MRO in the region northwest of Gale Crater, the landing site of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity.
It was fall in the Southern hemisphere when this image was acquired and the dunes are frosted with the first bit of carbon dioxide ice condensed from the atmosphere.
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.

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