Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Images – September 19, 2012

By SpaceRef Editor
September 21, 2012
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– Unusual Crater with Lava Flows Near Arsia Mons

The origin of this structure is unclear but may be related to the breach in the crater rim to the left.

– A Small, Double-Ringed Crater

The impact penetrated through the material and into the substrate and formed this “double crater” as it excavated material from these two layers of different strengths.

– Clay Color Inspiration

The relatively bright areas reveal a complex terrain with a range of textures and enhanced colors.

– Cratered Cones in Grojta Valles

These cones are interpreted to be the product of explosive lava-water interactions, indicating that the region is covered by lava.

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.