This Mars map shows variations in thickness of the planet's crust, the relatively thin surface layer over the interior mantle of the planet. It shows unprecedented detail derived from new mapping of variations in Mars' gravitational pull on orbiters.
Using Gravity and Topography to Map Mars' Crustal Thickness
Newly detailed mapping of local variations in Mars' gravitational pull on orbiters (center), combined with topographical mapping of the planet's mountains and valleys (left) yields the best-yet mapping of Mars' crustal thickness (right).
Topography of Earth's moon generated from data NASA's LRO, with the gravity anomalies bordering the Procellarum region superimposed in blue. The border structures are shown using gravity gradients calculated with data from NASA's GRAIL mission.
On the West Coast of the Ocean of Storms (Artist's Concept)
A view of Earth's moon looking south across Oceanus Procellarum, representing how the western border structures may have looked while active. This image combines gravity gradient from NASA's GRAIL and LRO.
This map of Mars indicates locations of new craters that have excavated ice (blue) and those that have not (red). Albedo information comes from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, and the map comes from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter.
This pair of maps based on albedo information from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter and topographical information from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter indicates locations of confirmed sites of recurrent slope linea on Mars.
The latest image of sea surface heights in the Pacific Ocean from NASA's Jason-2 satellite shows that the equatorial Pacific Ocean is now in its 10th month of being locked in what some call a neutral, or 'La Nada' state.
Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is set to land, belongs to a family of large, very old craters shown here on this elevation map. The data come from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter instrument on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor.
This oblique view of Gale crater shows the landing site and the mound of layered rocks that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will investigate. The landing site is in the smooth area in front of the mound.
This oblique, southward-looking view of Gale crater shows the mound of layered rocks that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will investigate. The mission's selected landing site is just north of the mound inside the crater.
This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light. NASA has selected Gale as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
This computer-generated view based on multiple orbital observations shows Mars' Gale crater as if seen from an aircraft northwest of the crater. NASA has selected Gale as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
The latest image of Pacific Ocean sea surface heights from the NASA's OSTIM/Jason-2 oceanography satellite, on June 11, 2010, shows that Pacific has switched from warm (red) to cold (blue) during the last few months.
This image from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows the context for orbital observations of exposed rocks that had been buried on Mars. The area is dominated by the Huygens crater, which is about the size of Wisconsin.
This view of Lyot Crater is a combined mapping by NASA's Project Viking with elevation information from Mars Global Surveyor showing at least one of the nine craters in the northern lowlands of Mars with exposures of hydrated minerals detected from orbit.