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On this map of Mars, spectrometers on spacecraft orbiting Mars have detected clay minerals (green) and hydrated minerals -- clays, sulfates and others (blue).
On this map of Mars, spectrometers on spacecraft orbiting Mars have detected clay minerals (green) and hydrated minerals -- clays, sulfates and others (blue).

Regions of Mars with Clays and Hydrated Minerals Identified from Orbit

On this map of Mars, spectrometers on spacecraft orbiting Mars have detected clay minerals (green) and hydrated minerals -- clays, sulfates and others (blue).

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Express (MEX), Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Altimeter, Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), Visible and Infrared Mineralogical Mapping Spectrometer
Instrument: Mars Express (MEX), Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA13703
Added: 2010-12-16

Views: 4150

Regions of Mars with Clays and Hydrated Minerals Identified from Orbit

On this map of Mars, spectrometers on spacecraft orbiting Mars have detected clay minerals (green) and hydrated minerals -- clays, sulfates and others (blue).

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This image shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from March 19 through April 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.
This image shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from March 19 through April 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.

Weather Movie, Mars South Polar Region, March-April 2009 (Close-up View)

This image shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from March 19 through April 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Mars Color Imager (MARCI)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA11988
Added: 2009-04-16

Views: 3077

Weather Movie, Mars South Polar Region, March-April 2009 (Close-up View)

This image shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from March 19 through April 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.

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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from Mar. 19-Apr. 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.
This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from Mar. 19-Apr. 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.

Weather Movie, Mars South Polar Region, March-April 2009

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from Mar. 19-Apr. 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Mars Color Imager (MARCI)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA11987
Added: 2009-04-16

Views: 2749

Weather Movie, Mars South Polar Region, March-April 2009

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from Mar. 19-Apr. 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.

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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is part of simulated flyover showing rhythmic layers of sedimentary rock inside Becquerel crater on Mars.
This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is part of simulated flyover showing rhythmic layers of sedimentary rock inside Becquerel crater on Mars.

Flyover Animation of Becquerel Crater on Mars

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is part of simulated flyover showing rhythmic layers of sedimentary rock inside Becquerel crater on Mars.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA11444
Added: 2008-12-04

Views: 3480

Flyover Animation of Becquerel Crater on Mars

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is part of simulated flyover showing rhythmic layers of sedimentary rock inside Becquerel crater on Mars.

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NASA's MARCI acquires a global view of the red planet and its weather patterns every day. This image was taken on Nov. 3, 2008 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
NASA's MARCI acquires a global view of the red planet and its weather patterns every day. This image was taken on Nov. 3, 2008 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

MRO MARCI Weather Report for the week of 3 November 2008 – 9 November 2008

NASA's MARCI acquires a global view of the red planet and its weather patterns every day. This image was taken on Nov. 3, 2008 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Mars Color Imager (MARCI)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA11418
Added: 2008-11-12

Views: 3034

MRO MARCI Weather Report for the week of 3 November 2008 – 9 November 2008

NASA's MARCI acquires a global view of the red planet and its weather patterns every day. This image was taken on Nov. 3, 2008 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Scientists were anticipating clear skies when NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrives on the north polar plains of the Red Planet Sunday, May 25, 2008.
Scientists were anticipating clear skies when NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrives on the north polar plains of the Red Planet Sunday, May 25, 2008.

Martian Dust Storm on May 18, 2008

Scientists were anticipating clear skies when NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrives on the north polar plains of the Red Planet Sunday, May 25, 2008.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Phoenix
Spacecraft: Mars Color Imager (MARCI)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Phoenix Lander
ID#: PIA10788
Added: 2008-06-13

Views: 3338

Martian Dust Storm on May 18, 2008

Scientists were anticipating clear skies when NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrives on the north polar plains of the Red Planet Sunday, May 25, 2008.

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This false-color polar map was generated from images obtained by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Mars Color Imager (MARCI). It shows a large local dust storm that researchers were monitoring on May 25, 2008.
This false-color polar map was generated from images obtained by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Mars Color Imager (MARCI). It shows a large local dust storm that researchers were monitoring on May 25, 2008.

Clear Skies Ahead

This false-color polar map was generated from images obtained by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Mars Color Imager (MARCI). It shows a large local dust storm that researchers were monitoring on May 25, 2008.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Phoenix
Spacecraft: Mars Color Imager (MARCI)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA10672
Added: 2008-05-24

Views: 2817

Clear Skies Ahead

This false-color polar map was generated from images obtained by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Mars Color Imager (MARCI). It shows a large local dust storm that researchers were monitoring on May 25, 2008.

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This artist's animation illustrates how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used radar to map the insides of the north polar ice cap on Mars.
This artist's animation illustrates how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used radar to map the insides of the north polar ice cap on Mars.

Peeling Back Layers of a Martian Polar Ice Cap (Artist Concept)

This artist's animation illustrates how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used radar to map the insides of the north polar ice cap on Mars.

Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Shallow Subsurface Radar (SHARAD)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA10653
Added: 2008-05-15

Views: 3107

Peeling Back Layers of a Martian Polar Ice Cap (Artist Concept)

This artist's animation illustrates how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used radar to map the insides of the north polar ice cap on Mars.

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NASA's CRISM onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Mars' seasonal caps consist of frozen carbon dioxide mixed with smaller amounts of water ice frost and dust.
NASA's CRISM onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Mars' seasonal caps consist of frozen carbon dioxide mixed with smaller amounts of water ice frost and dust.

Carbon-Dioxide Frost Settling from Seasonal Outbursts on Mars (Movie)

NASA's CRISM onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Mars' seasonal caps consist of frozen carbon dioxide mixed with smaller amounts of water ice frost and dust.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA10137
Added: 2007-12-11

Views: 3318

Carbon-Dioxide Frost Settling from Seasonal Outbursts on Mars (Movie)

NASA's CRISM onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Mars' seasonal caps consist of frozen carbon dioxide mixed with smaller amounts of water ice frost and dust.

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This image of the northern wall of Coprates Chasma, in Valles Marineris, was taken by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on June 16, 2007.
This image of the northern wall of Coprates Chasma, in Valles Marineris, was taken by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on June 16, 2007.

The Layer Cake Walls of Valles Marineris

This image of the northern wall of Coprates Chasma, in Valles Marineris, was taken by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on June 16, 2007.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA10074
Added: 2007-10-05

Views: 2447

The Layer Cake Walls of Valles Marineris

This image of the northern wall of Coprates Chasma, in Valles Marineris, was taken by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on June 16, 2007.

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This image maps out the travels of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, from is landing site at Eagle Crater to the rim of Victoria Crater about six miles (9.7 kilometers) away in September of 2006.
This image maps out the travels of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, from is landing site at Eagle Crater to the rim of Victoria Crater about six miles (9.7 kilometers) away in September of 2006.

Opportunity's Long Road to Victoria (Animation)

This image maps out the travels of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, from is landing site at Eagle Crater to the rim of Victoria Crater about six miles (9.7 kilometers) away in September of 2006.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), Mars Exploration Rover (MER), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), Mars Orbiter Camera
Instrument: Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Opportunity
ID#: PIA09689
Added: 2007-06-28

Views: 2555

Opportunity's Long Road to Victoria (Animation)

This image maps out the travels of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, from is landing site at Eagle Crater to the rim of Victoria Crater about six miles (9.7 kilometers) away in September of 2006.

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This animation shows a hypothetical flyover above Victoria Crater, where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is perched on a rim. The rover is expected to begin rolling down into the crater in early July 2007.
This animation shows a hypothetical flyover above Victoria Crater, where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is perched on a rim. The rover is expected to begin rolling down into the crater in early July 2007.

Surveying the Scene Above Opportunity (Simulation)

This animation shows a hypothetical flyover above Victoria Crater, where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is perched on a rim. The rover is expected to begin rolling down into the crater in early July 2007.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Exploration Rover (MER), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Panoramic Camera, High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Instrument: Opportunity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA09687
Added: 2007-06-28

Views: 2742

Surveying the Scene Above Opportunity (Simulation)

This animation shows a hypothetical flyover above Victoria Crater, where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is perched on a rim. The rover is expected to begin rolling down into the crater in early July 2007.

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows densely fractured light-toned rock in the vicinity of the Nili Fossae. The light-toned material is finely layered; these layers can be seen in cross-section along a scarp face at the bottom of the image.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows densely fractured light-toned rock in the vicinity of the Nili Fossae. The light-toned material is finely layered; these layers can be seen in cross-section along a scarp face at the bottom of the image.

Exhumed Layers Near the Nili Fossae

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows densely fractured light-toned rock in the vicinity of the Nili Fossae. The light-toned material is finely layered; these layers can be seen in cross-section along a scarp face at the bottom of the image.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA09570
Added: 2007-01-24

Views: 4692

Exhumed Layers Near the Nili Fossae

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows densely fractured light-toned rock in the vicinity of the Nili Fossae. The light-toned material is finely layered; these layers can be seen in cross-section along a scarp face at the bottom of the image.

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The CRISM, a mineral mapping instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, began observing Mars after its lens cover was opened on Sept. 27, 2006.
The CRISM, a mineral mapping instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, began observing Mars after its lens cover was opened on Sept. 27, 2006.

New Spectrometer Begins its Global Map of Mars

The CRISM, a mineral mapping instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, began observing Mars after its lens cover was opened on Sept. 27, 2006.

Target: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA08788
Added: 2006-09-29

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New Spectrometer Begins its Global Map of Mars

The CRISM, a mineral mapping instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, began observing Mars after its lens cover was opened on Sept. 27, 2006.

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes over the planet's south polar region in this artist's concept illustration.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes over the planet's south polar region in this artist's concept illustration.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over Pole

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes over the planet's south polar region in this artist's concept illustration.

Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA04918
Added: 2003-12-10

Views: 3806

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over Pole

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes over the planet's south polar region in this artist's concept illustration.

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter dips into the thin martian atmosphere to adjust its orbit in this artist's concept illustration.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter dips into the thin martian atmosphere to adjust its orbit in this artist's concept illustration.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Aerobraking

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter dips into the thin martian atmosphere to adjust its orbit in this artist's concept illustration.

Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA04917
Added: 2003-12-10

Views: 3695

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Aerobraking

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter dips into the thin martian atmosphere to adjust its orbit in this artist's concept illustration.

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes above a portion of the planet called Nilosyrtis Mensae in this artist's concept illustration.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes above a portion of the planet called Nilosyrtis Mensae in this artist's concept illustration.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over Nilosyrtis

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes above a portion of the planet called Nilosyrtis Mensae in this artist's concept illustration.

Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
ID#: PIA04916
Added: 2003-12-10

Views: 4846

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over Nilosyrtis

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes above a portion of the planet called Nilosyrtis Mensae in this artist's concept illustration.

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