The objective of this observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is to determine the nature of a group of what appears to be channels that trend in a west-east direction.
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Channels in Phlegra Montes

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The objective of this observation is to determine the nature of a group of what appears to be channels that trend in a west-east direction. There is also a mound with a mantle that appears to have layers.

Also visible in a Context Camera image, pictures like this can help us understand the fluvial and climate history of ancient Mars.

HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates the orbiter's HiRISE camera, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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ID#:
PIA17985

Date added:
2014-02-04

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)

Spacecraft:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)

Instruments:
High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona