Status Report

NASA Mars Reconnaissance OrbiterHiRISE Images – October 10, 2012

By SpaceRef Editor
October 15, 2012
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– Double Depressions or Expanded Craters on the Northern Plains

How did these double depressions form? Once idea is that the inner depressions correspond to impact craters, or the floor deposits of impact craters.

– What Is This?

What are we looking at here? There are long linear ridges or elevated terrains covered by regular patterns of dark spots.

– Where Curiosity May Roam

This observation is part of a series of color strips being acquired by HiRISE to support future traverse planning by the Curiosity rover.

– The Top of Coprates Chasma

The colors indicate that diverse rock types are present.

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.