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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter saw the saddle between two valleys named Dingo Gap-in Gale Crater-where the rover Curiosity just traversed. The gap is spanned by a single dune visible both from the ground and from orbit.
PIA17983:
Viewing Dingo Gap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows sand dunes in late Northern spring on Mars, mixed with rock outcrops on the floor of a large crater.
PIA17984:
Squiggly Sand Dunes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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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.
PIA17985:
Channels in Phlegra Montes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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In an area like Russell Crater, very ancient impact crater, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter can follow changes in the terrain by comparing images taken at different times. Frost (carbon dioxide ice) is seen in this image.
PIA17986:
Fall Frost Accumulation on Russell Crater Dunes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Mars' northern-most sand dunes beginning to emerge from their winter cover of seasonal carbon dioxide (dry) ice. Dark, bare south-facing slopes are soaking up the warmth of the sun.
PIA18109:
Sand Dunes in Spring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures light-toned ridges found in a large fracture located east of Holden Crater forming a curious box-like pattern.
PIA18112:
Many Small Interesting Ridges in Erythraea Fossa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-26 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This dramatic image observed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dark rippled bodies of sand, sometimes in the form of dunes, streaming through Ganges Chasma. The floor of the canyon is covered by hills and mesas.
PIA18113:
Dunes Streaming through Hills
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-26 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This Southern autumn image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter offers a view of frosty dunes. The sunlight is shining on the dunes from the upper right.
PIA18114:
Frost in Dune Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-26 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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The crater in the center of this HiRISE image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is unusual because there is a wide, flat bench, or terrace, between the outer rim and the inner section, making it appear somewhat like a bullseye.
PIA18115:
Craters in an Icy Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-26 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This impact crater in the region of Mars called Libya Montes, observed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows typical gullies with alcoves at the top, channels, and depositional fans at the bottom.
PIA18116:
Equatorial Gullies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover spans 360 degrees, centered southward toward a planned science waypoint at
PIA18070:
Panorama With Sandstone Outcrop Near 'The Kimberley' Waypoint (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image (cut out from a mosaic) shows the view from the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover toward the lower reaches of Mount Sharp, where Curiosity is likely to begin its ascent through hundreds of feet (meters) of layered deposits.
PIA16068:
The Promised Land
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-26 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took the images combined to make this stereo view on March 21, 2009. West is at the center, where a dust devil is visible in the distance. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA11960:
Dust Devil in Spirit's View Ahead on Sol 1854 (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-05-27 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
MOLA
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Elevations Within the Floor of the Valles Marineris
PIA02039:
Elevations Within the Floor of the Valles Marineris
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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First HiRISE Image of Mars: Topographic Model from Photoclinometry
PIA08053:
First HiRISE Image of Mars: Topographic Model from Photoclinometry
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale Crater, from a perspective in Yellowknife Bay looking toward west-northwest.
PIA17603:
Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-05 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit used its navigation camera to take the images that have been combined into this stereo, 180-degree view of the rover's surroundings on Feb. 17, 2009. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA11971:
Spirit's View Beside 'Home Plate' on Sol 1823 (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-21 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Sand Dune Field in Richardson Crater
PIA09631:
Sand Dune Field in Richardson Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Two parallel tracks left by the wheels of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover cross rugged ground in this portion of an observation by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 11, 2013. The rover itself does not appear in this image.
PIA17754:
Curiosity Rover Tracks, Viewed from Orbit in December 2013
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama shows evidence of a successful first test drive for NASA's Curiosity rover; the rover made its first move, going forward about 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotating 120 degrees and then reversing about 8 feet (2.5 meters).
PIA16092:
Curiosity's First Track Marks on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-11-03 Mars Galileo
Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Solid-State Imaging
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This composite image, from NASA's Galileo and Mars Global Survey orbiters, of Earth and Mars was created to allow viewers to gain a better understanding of the relative sizes of the two planets.
PIA02570:
Earth Mars Comparison
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-14 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer
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Recipe for 'Bounce' Rock
PIA05758:
Recipe for 'Bounce' Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Shallow Subsurface Radar (SHARAD)
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Interpreting Radar View near Mars' North Pole, Orbit 1512
PIA09074:
Interpreting Radar View near Mars' North Pole, Orbit 1512
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-11 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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'Bonneville' and Beyond
PIA05545:
'Bonneville' and Beyond
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-21 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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After Conquering 'Husband Hill,' Spirit Moves On (Stereo)
PIA03062:
After Conquering 'Husband Hill,' Spirit Moves On (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-27 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
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No Two Soil Patches Are Alike
PIA05651:
No Two Soil Patches Are Alike
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The development of the Mars rover Curiosity's capabilities for drilling into a rock on Mars required years of development work. Seen here are some of the rocks used in bit development testing and lifespan testing at JPL in 2007.
PIA16732:
Preparation on Earth for Drilling on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-14 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera to take the images combined into this stereo view of the rover's surroundings. 3D glasses are necessary to identify surface detail.
PIA01897:
Opportunity's View, Sol 958 (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-03 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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Viking 2's 30th!
PIA08723:
Viking 2's 30th!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-11-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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Opportunity at the Wall
PIA07066:
Opportunity at the Wall
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image comes from observations of Horowitz crater by the HiRISE camera onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The features that extend down the slope during warm seasons are called recurring slope lineae.
PIA14476:
Warm-Season Flows on Slope in Horowitz Crater (Nine-Image Sequence)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-08 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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This image shows a portion of a pit chain on the lower, northern flank of the giant martian volcano, Arsia Mons.
PIA02874:
The Pits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-29 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
THEMIS
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This field of sand dunes occurs within Chasma Borealis
PIA01867:
Polar Dunes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera to take the images combined into this stereo 180-degree view on Feb. 13, 2009. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA11850:
Opportunity's Surroundings on Sol 1798 (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-03 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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Behold 'Endurance'! (3-D)
PIA05860:
Behold 'Endurance'! (3-D)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-26 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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This 3-D cylindrical-perspective mosaic was created from navigation camera images that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured on on sol 115. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA05985:
Near 'Endurance' on Sol 115 (3-D)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-16 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Color Imager (MARCI)
Mars Orbiter Camera
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Mars Polar Cap During Transition Phase Instrument Checkout
PIA01928:
Mars Polar Cap During Transition Phase Instrument Checkout
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-16 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
CTX
Mars Color Imager (MARCI)
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Map of Context Camera's North Polar Coverage During Checkout
PIA01929:
Map of Context Camera's North Polar Coverage During Checkout
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-02 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Pedestal Crater in the Medusa Fossae Formation
PIA09676:
Pedestal Crater in the Medusa Fossae Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-01-07 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
MOLA
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Laser Provides First 3-D View of Mars' North Pole
PIA01337:
Laser Provides First 3-D View of Mars' North Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-08-26 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Viking
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Proposed Mars Polar Lander Landing Site (Global Perspective)
PIA02315:
Proposed Mars Polar Lander Landing Site (Global Perspective)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-08-26 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Viking
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Proposed Mars Polar Lander Landing Site (Perspective View 1)
PIA02316:
Proposed Mars Polar Lander Landing Site (Perspective View 1)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-08-26 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Viking
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Proposed Mars Polar Lander Landing Site (Perspective View 2)
PIA02317:
Proposed Mars Polar Lander Landing Site (Perspective View 2)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Ius Chasma's Floor
PIA11174:
Ius Chasma's Floor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-02-25 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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First Observation of Columnar Jointing on Mars
PIA11809:
First Observation of Columnar Jointing on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-17 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Sand Dunes and Ripples in Proctor Crater, Mars
PIA11833:
Sand Dunes and Ripples in Proctor Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-25 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Starburst Spider
PIA11858:
Starburst Spider
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Branched Features on the Floor of Antoniadni Crater
PIA12003:
Branched Features on the Floor of Antoniadni Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-14 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Rover shows the north polar region of Mars is surrounded by a large sea of dark sand dunes that become covered by seasonal carbon dioxide frost.
PIA12112:
Polygons, Crater Layers, and Defrosting Dunes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Rover spied these spider-like formations, likely caused as carbon dioxide ice changes from a solid to a gas; the gas moves through channels until it reaches the surface and vents out.
PIA12113:
South Polar Spiders on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-03 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows part of an unnamed crater, itself located inside the much larger Newton Crater, in Terra Sirenum. Original release date March 3, 2010.
PIA12881:
Gullies and... Gullies? in Terra Sirenum
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-03 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows part of an unnamed crater, itself located inside the much larger Newton Crater, in Terra Sirenum. Original release date March 3, 2010.
PIA12882:
Northern Meridiani Etched Terrain and Hematite Plains Contact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-03 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a swath of a debris apron east of Hellas Basin. Features like this are often found surrounding isolated mountains in this area. Original release date March 3, 2010.
PIA12883:
Craters on an Ice-Rich Débris Apron
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-03 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the scarp that demarcates the boundary between layered deposits covering the north polar region and the lower surrounding terrain, which includes sand dunes. Original release date March 3, 2010.
PIA12880:
Monitoring of Polar Avalanche Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-03 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This view of an inverted crater in the Arabia Terra region of Mars is among the images taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in early 2010 as the spacecraft approached the 100-terabit milestone in total data returned.
PIA12862:
Dunes and Inverted Crater in Arabia Terra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter covers part of a candidate landing site that appears to be a shallow depression with a deposit perhaps consisting of chlorides, like table salt.
PIA12955:
Candidate Landing Site in Possible Salt Playa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows part of Cerberus Fossae, a long system of extensional (normal) faults arranged in trough-bounding (graben-bounding) pairs.
PIA12956:
Cerberus Fossae East of the Head of Athabasca Valles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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In the winter a layer of carbon dioxide ice (dry ice) covers the north polar sand dunes as shown by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. In the spring the sublimation of the ice (going directly from ice to gas) causes a host of uniquely Martian phenomena.
PIA12957:
A Burst of Spring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-22 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was targeted to study knobs in Mars' northern plains, north of Scandia Crater. The knobs are clearly imaged, but what surprised scientists was a dust devil visible in the south-central part of the image.
PIA12876:
Record-Breaking Dust Devil Caught in the Act
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a part of a central mound in an impact crater in Arabia Terra.
PIA13073:
Yardangs within a Large Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows gullies in a semi-circular trough in Noachis Terra. The gullies are observed to face all directions.
PIA13074:
Gullied Trough in Noachis Terra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter features three newly-formed slope streaks. These are features which occur on crater walls, hills, and other slopes on Mars.
PIA13075:
Newly-Formed Slope Streaks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the edge of a dark dune field on the floor of Proctor Crater, a 150 kilometer diameter crater in the southern highlands of Mars.
PIA13076:
Proctor Crater Dune Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Ius Chasma is one of several canyons that make up Valles Marineris, the largest canyon system in the Solar System as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA13077:
Floor of Ius Chasma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a series of parallel layers eroding into peculiar knobs and hills.
PIA13072:
Reading the Geologic Record
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from the Gordii Dorsum region of Mars shows a large area covered with polygonal ridges in an almost geometric pattern.
PIA13185:
Polygonal Ridge in Gordii Dorsum Region, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the west-facing side of an impact crater in the mid-latitudes of Mars' northern hemisphere. This crater has gullies along its walls that are composed of alcoves, channels and debris aprons.
PIA13186:
Northern Hemisphere Gullies on West-Facing Crater Slope, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Rover shows a degraded impact crater in the southern highlands. Part of the crater rim is visible at the top and bottom of the image, with the boulder-covered crater floor in the center.
PIA13264:
Bouldery Deposit on Crater Floor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the very steep side of a plateau, part of the northern limit of the Kasei Valles system, which is one of the largest outflow channel systems on Mars.
PIA13265:
(Almost) Silent Rolling Stones in Kasei Valles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows part of the floor of a large impact crater in the southern highlands, north of the giant Hellas impact basin.
PIA13266:
Light Outcrop on Crater Floor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows part of Gorgonum Chaos, a large cluster of chaotic terrain found in the southern hemisphere.
PIA13267:
Gullies on Gorgonum Chaos Mesas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a view of the sand dune field in Richardson Crater covered with seasonal frost. The frost is a combination of frozen carbon dioxide and some water ice that covers the dunes in the winter and spring.
PIA13268:
Sand Dune Field in Richardson Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a variety of surface textures within the south polar residual cap of Mars. It was taken during the southern spring, when the surface was covered by seasonal carbon dioxide frost and is easily seen.
PIA13269:
South Polar Layered Deposits and Residual Cap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an approximately 7-meter diameter fresh crater and dark ejecta blanket. These small impact craters continue to form on Mars, and are most easily recognized in areas covered by bright dust.
PIA13479:
New Impact Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbite is centered on a small cone on the side of one of Mars' giant shield volcanoes. The cone shows some layers of hard rock but most of it is made of relatively soft material.
PIA13480:
Possible Cinder Cone on the Southern Flank of Pavonis Mons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-14 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dunes on the floor of Herschel Crater. Steep faces ('slipfaces') are oriented downwind, in the direction of motion of the dunes. A dune-free area downwind of the crater is seen at the image center.
PIA13481:
Dunes in Herschel Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows fractured mounds on the southern edge of Elysium Planitia. The fractures that crisscross their surfaces are probably composed of solidified lava.
PIA13482:
Fractured Mounds in Elysium Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Becquerel Crater, one of several impact craters in Arabia Terra that have light-toned layered deposits along the crater floor. The layers appear to be only a few meters thick.
PIA13483:
Lots of Layering in Becquerel Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-19 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter covers a portion of the Martian equatorial plains called Elysium Planitia. In this location, lava that was once flowing across the surface interacted with multiple obstructions.
PIA13484:
Flow Obstructions and Wakes Southeast of Elysium Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-21 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows blocks of bright, layered rock embedded in darker material that are thought to have been deposited by a giant flood that occurred when Uzboi Valles breached the rim of Holden Crater.
PIA13533:
Flood-Emplaced Blocks in Holden Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-22 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the southern latitude Hale Crater, a rather large, pristine elliptical crater possessing sharp features, impact melt bodies ponded throughout the structure and few overprinting impact craters.
PIA13536:
Light-Toned Gully Materials on Hale Crater Wall
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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In this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, there are at least two distinct geologic units, a light-toned bedrock and a surface veneer of dark-toned material that contains sand dunes.
PIA13537:
Strengths of Materials in Ganges Mensa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-25 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a Southern hemisphere crater with gullies, dunes, periglacial modification, bright rock deposits, and dust devil tracks.
PIA13538:
Southern Hemisphere Crater with Dune Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The Russell Crater dune field is covered seasonally by carbon dioxide frost; this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the dune field after the frost has sublimated. There are just a few patches left of the bright seasonal frost.
PIA13539:
Russell Crater Dunes, Defrosted
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-28 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observance from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter covers a pit in the lower West flank of Arsia Mons, one of the four giant volcanos of the Tharsis region. Many layers are exposed in the pit, probably marking individual lava flows.
PIA13540:
Layers in Arsia Mons Volcano
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a number of unusual, quasi-circular structures that apparently formed within bright flows in Meridiani Planum.
PIA13608:
Concentric Structures in Meridiani Planum
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observance from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a formation of large outflow channels on Mars' Aureum Chaos.
PIA13610:
Light-Toned Outcrop in Aureum Chaos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The crater shown in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has very few craters superposed on it, which attests to its youth. It also has very steep slopes and a sharp rim; more evidence of its young age.
PIA13611:
Fresh Crater with Gullies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the funnel-shaped terminus of Lethe Vallis, a winding channel in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars; the floor is covered in solidified lava and blanketed by a thin layer of light-toned dust.
PIA13612:
End of Lethe Vallis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the edge of a dark dune field on the floor of Proctor Crater in the Southern highlands of Mars. The dark dunes are composed of basaltic sand that has collected on the bottom of the crater.
PIA13613:
Proctor Crater Dune Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-17 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an arcuate ridge in Terra Meridiani.The ridge is most likely a former streambed, now exposed in inverted relief.
PIA13614:
Curvilinear Ridge in Terra Meridiani
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-17 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is one of the rare examples of a fresh 'lunar-like' crater on Mars. The impact crater formed in the Tharsis region.
PIA13723:
A Fresh, Lunar-Like Crater on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-20 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Nili Fossae region of Mars, one of the largest exposures of clay minerals, and a prime candidate landing site for Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity.
PIA13724:
Nili Fossae Trough, Candidate MSL Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an area of layered deposits in Candor Chasma. Sheets and dunes of dark-toned sand cover the light-toned, layered bedrock.
PIA13725:
Layered Bedrock in Candor Chasma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the surface outside this large crater is relatively dark, while the interior wall of the crater exposes lighter, layered bedrock of diverse colors.
PIA13726:
Layers Exposed in Crater Near Mawrth Vallis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-21 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The bright areas in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are covered by carbon dioxide frost, and the 'swiss cheese' terrain typical of the south polar residual cap covers much of the imaged area.
PIA13727:
Circular Feature in South Polar Residual Cap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows many channels on a scarp in the Hellas impact basin. On Earth we would call these gullies. Some larger channels on Mars that are sometimes called gullies are big enough to be called ravines on Earth.
PIA13802:
True Gullies on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows erosional features formed by seasonal frost near the south pole of Mars. During the winter, high latitudes on Mars build up deposits of carbon dioxide frost that can be several feet thick.
PIA14459:
Erosion Features near the South Pole of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of the Claritas Fossae region, characterized by systems of
PIA14461:
Faults in Claritas Fossae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The suggested area in this observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is characterized by a group of cones, shield-like features, and round mounds. They are a few hundred meters to kilometers in diameter but their heights are unknown.
PIA14462:
Small Mounds in Chryse Planitia
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