Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – September 12, 2013

By SpaceRef Editor
September 12, 2013
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o Gullied Massif in the Nereidum Montes

This observation shows a beautiful example of gullies in a massif in Nereidum Montes, located in Argyre Planitia, one of the largest impact basins on Mars.

o Slope Lineae along Coprates Chasma Ridge

The formation of “recurring slope lineae” is a fascinating process on Mars that we’re just beginning to investigate.

o Layers, Bedrock Ridges, and Dark Sand in Schiaparelli Crater

How did these ridges form, and what is the relationship to the sand?

o Terraced Craters and Layered Targets

Small impact craters usually have simple bowl shapes; however, when the target material has different layers of different strength, more complicated crater shapes can emerge.

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.