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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image, acquired on June 10, 2019 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows sedimentary rock and sand within Danielson Crater, located in the southwest Arabia Terra region of Mars.
PIA23454:
Layers in Danielson Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-06-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image, acquired on October 1, 2018 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a wavy surface like that of the sea. These wave shapes are the result of erosion.
PIA23287:
Rhythmic Layers East of Medusae Fossae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on February 23, 2019 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a small landslide in Iani Chaos. Landslides are common on Mars where there are steep slopes, including this area where there are numerous mounds and hills.
PIA23232:
A Snow Plow Landslide
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on January 10, 2019 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows large gullies on both the pole- and equator-facing slopes.
PIA23100:
Complex Gullies in a Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on February 7, 2019 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows Mawrth Vallis, a place on Mars that has fascinated scientists because of the clays and other hydrated minerals detected from orbit.
PIA23080:
Colorful Mawrth Vallis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-20 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on December 9, 2018 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a recent impact in Noachis Terra in the southern mid-latitudes of Mars.
PIA23061:
A Recent Impact Site in Noachis Terra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on December 5, 2018 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows ripples in the sand which tell us which way the wind was moving and how it was diverted around these rock formations.
PIA23058:
Wind Flow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on November 30, 2018 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a complex crater, where we see bedrock in several locations from different depths in the crust.
PIA23057:
Exposing the Rock in Impact Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on March 29, 2011 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows dunes with ripples on their upwind slopes and dark streaks on their downwind slopes.
PIA22869:
Active Dunes in Wirtz Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on October 23, 2007 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a 3D perspective view of a small patch of ancient Martian land in Terra Sirenum.
PIA22867:
Looking at Martian Salts and Clays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on January 2, 2014 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows dune fields located among canyon wall slopes.
PIA22684:
Hanging Sand Dunes within Coprates Chasma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on May 30, 2018 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows inverted channels within a fan whose origin could be either fluvial or alluvial.
PIA22683:
A Fan with Inverted Channels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on April 8, 2018 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the gullied western slopes of an unnamed crater (about 10 kilometers wide) in Acidalia Planitia.
PIA22681:
Crater Gullies and Fractures in Acidalia Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This colorful image acquired on May 21, 2018 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows clays within the Eridania basin region.
PIA22588:
Clays in the Eridania Basin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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In this region of Lyot Crater, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a field of classic barchan dunes. Sand dunes often accumulate in the floors of craters on Mars.
PIA22512:
Once in a Blue Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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In early Martian summer, at the time NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) acquired this image, the dunes are almost free of their seasonal ice cover.
PIA22463:
Patches of Snow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter continually finds new impact sites on Mars. This one occurred within the dense secondary crater field of Corinto Crater. The new crater and its ejecta have distinctive color patterns.
PIA22462:
A New Impact Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-14 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows some of these on the slopes of Nectaris Montes within Coprates Chasma on Mars. Sand dunes in Valles Marineris can be impressive in size, with steep slopes that seem to climb and descend.
PIA22455:
Dunes in Nectaris Montes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Shown in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are fan-shaped deposits emerging from regions of steep topography called alluvial fans. Alluvial fans on Mars are thought to be ancient and record past episodes of flowing water.
PIA22334:
The Case of the Martian Boulder Piles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the western wall of a small pit that is located along the floor of a larger trough in Coprates Catena. Dark layers line the bottom; light-toned layers are near the top.
PIA22331:
Layers along a Pit in Coprates Catena
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows an impact crater looking amusingly like a tadpole because of the valley that was carved by water that used to fill it.
PIA22241:
Crater Tadpoles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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An enhanced-color image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) reveals bedrock that is several kilometers below the top of the giant Valles Marineris canyons.
PIA22238:
Geologic History Revealed in Valles Marineris
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows blocks of layered terrain within the Olympus Mons aureole. The aureole is a giant apron of chaotic material around the volcano.
PIA22181:
Dark Materials on Olympus Mons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) of northern Meridiani Planum shows faults that have disrupted layered deposits.
PIA22187:
The Fault in Our Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Lyot Crater is located in the Northern lowlands of Mars. The crater's floor marks the lowest elevation in the Northern Hemisphere as seen in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO.
PIA22186:
Depressions and Channels on the Floor of Lyot Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The two largest ice sheets in the inner solar system are here on Earth, Antarctica and Greenland. The third largest is at the South Pole of Mars and a small part of it is shown in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
PIA22125:
Layered Ice Near the South Pole of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter covers a small central portion of the Hellas Planitia basin, the largest visible impact basin in the Solar System, and shows a dune field with lots of dust devil trails.
PIA22052:
Squiggles in Hellas Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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In a view of the colorful west-facing scarp of Ceti Mensa, NASA's Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter sees the interior layers of the deposit, giving a window into the past history of the sediments as they accumulated over time.
PIA22051:
A Window into the Past
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Geologists aren't quite sure what to make of the dark splotch in the middle of this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO), one of several similar dark splotches that extend east and west for over 100 kilometers.
PIA22042:
Decoding a Dark Splotch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a crater is located in Elysium Planitia, Mars, an area dominated by volcanic processes. It is likely that the crater fill material is volcanic in origin.
PIA22041:
A Highly Disrupted Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This oblique image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of part of the North Polar layered deposits, acquired in the summertime, shows both phenomena in the upper and lower panels, plus a topographic bend in the middle panel.
PIA21954:
North Polar Layers: Streaking and Unconformity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter observes many slopes in the middle latitudes of Mars showing icy flows or glaciers. The region shown here, in the south-facing slope of a crater. This region is unusual because the flows have bright highlights.
PIA21953:
Go with the (Bright) Flow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-21 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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On Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter often sees inverted river channels preserved perched above the surrounding terrain because the sediment inside the river channel was stronger than its surroundings.
PIA21883:
The Hoodoos of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The clay-rich terrain surrounding Mawrth Vallis is one of the most scenic regions of Mars, a future interplanetary park, as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA21871:
A View of the Painted Desert Near Mawrth Vallis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Cataracts are large landforms, and this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter covers only a small area of the innermost channel.
PIA21869:
Cataracts in Kasei Valles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-30 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Gorgonum Basin, one of several large basins within the Terra Sirenum region of Mars. Each basin has light-toned mounds, many of which contain clays.
PIA21767:
Light-toned Mounds in Gorgonum Basin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-26 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the northern rim of a 30-kilometer diameter crater situated in the western part of the Tharsis volcanic province.
PIA21763:
The Niagara Falls of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured this crater featuring sand dunes and sand sheets on its floor.
PIA21757:
Monitoring Sand Sheets and Dunes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-01 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an elongated depression from three merged craters.
PIA21652:
A Triple Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-30 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows it is late summer in the Southern hemisphere, so the Sun is low in the sky and subtle topography is accentuated in orbital images.
PIA21636:
A South Polar Pit or an Impact Crater?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-25 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This oblique view from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a small part of the near-rim ejecta from Tooting Crater which must be either melted rock from the impact event, or a wet debris flow from melting of ice.
PIA21648:
Flow on the Rim of Tooting Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows part of the central uplifted region of an impact crater more than 50 kilometers wide.
PIA21640:
An Oblique View of Uplifted Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows small ripples, about 10 meters apart, located in Her Desher Vallis. Her Desher is a small channel that shows evidence of phyllosilicates.
PIA21639:
Erosion of the Edge of the South Polar Layered Deposits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-22 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image is an oblique view from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the sloping edge of the stack of icy layers over the South Pole that has some interesting morphologies.
PIA21637:
Erosion of the Edge of the South Polar Layered Deposits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a fresh well-preserved landslide scarp and rocky deposit off the edge of a streamlined mesa in Simud Valles, a giant outflow channel carved by ancient floods.
PIA21633:
Landslide!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The collision that created Hargraves Crater impacted into diverse bedrock lithologies of ancient Mars; the impact ejecta is a rich mix of rock types with different colors and textures, as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA21609:
Colorful Impact Ejecta from Hargraves Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is an oblique view of gully deposits from the steep slope of an impact crater.
PIA21602:
Gullies with Color Anomalies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-26 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Although Mars is known for having the largest volcano in our solar system, Olympus Mons, we also find small-scale volcanic features on its surface, as shown in this image from HiRISE onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
PIA21601:
A Volcanic Fissure
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-17 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured this region of Mars, sprayed with secondary craters from 10-kilometer Zunil Crater to the northwest.
PIA21591:
Secondary Craters in Bas Relief
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows that layered deposits in Melas Basin may have been deposited during the growth of a delta complex.
PIA21580:
Clinoforms in Melas Chasma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is of Saheki Crater, about 84 kilometers across, and located in the Southern highlands of Mars, to the north of Hellas Planitia.
PIA21577:
A Sneak Peek into Saheki's Secret Layers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-31 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image shows a layered deposit in Galle Crater, located in the Southern cratered highlands, as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA21575:
Layers in Galle Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-30 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This full-resolution image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is centered on a bright deposit at the end of a gully channel.
PIA21574:
Distinctive Brightness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The mound in the center of this image appears to have blocked the path of the dunes as they marched south across the scene. North is to the left in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA21572:
The Splitting of the Dunes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows layered deposits in Uzboi Vallis which sometimes occur in alcoves along the valley and/or below where tributaries enter it.
PIA21563:
Layered Deposits in Uzboi Vallis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sees ice-rich mantling deposits accumulate from the atmosphere in the Martian mid-latitudes in cycles during periods of high obliquity.
PIA21559:
Bedrock Outcrops in Kaiser Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter covers the entrance to Mawrth Vallis.
PIA21555:
The Entrance to Mawrth Vallis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Viscous, lobate flow features are commonly found at the bases of slopes in the mid-latitudes of Mars, and are often associated with gullies, as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA21554:
A Mass of Viscous Flow Features
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-01 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This is a portion of an inverted fluvial channel in the region of Aeolis/Zephyria Plana, at the Martian equator as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA21551:
Martian Meanders and Scroll-Bars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a portion of the North Polar layered deposits with lines of very small pits, only about 1 meter in diameter.
PIA21464:
Polar Pits: Are They Active?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Much of Mars' surface is covered by fine-grained materials that hide the bedrock, but in this scene from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the bedrock is well exposed except where covered by sand dunes.
PIA21463:
Layers and Dark Dunes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spied this large crescent dune in Kaiser Crater showing the scars of many types of seasonal erosional activities.
PIA21458:
Scars of Erosion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This color composite from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter covers a portion of the northern central peak of an unnamed, 20-kilometer crater that contains abundant fragmental bedrock called breccia.
PIA21455:
Better Preserved on Mars than on Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The broader scene for this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is the fluidized ejecta from Bakhuysen Crater to the southwest. A 'dragonfly' impact crater i seen with a gouged-out trench extending to the south.
PIA21454:
A Dragonfly-Shaped Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-20 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The layered bedrock in this image was brought from several kilometers of depth during the formation of this 44 kilometer wide crater in the volcanic plains of Lunae Planum as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA12178:
The Beauty of Layered Stratigraphy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-19 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The large dark feature is a classic Martian sand dune on Wirtz Crater as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA12289:
The Changing Dunes of Wirtz Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This color composite from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an example of bedrock that may originate from as deep as 2 miles beneath the surface.
PIA12291:
Bedrock Exhumed from the Deep
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spied this small 2 kilometer-wide crater when a meteoroid struck the ground just to the west and created a new, larger crater (not shown).
PIA13181:
Muddy Ejecta Flow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The western Utopia Planitia in the Northern mid-latitudes of Mars is marked by a peculiar type of depression with scalloped edges and by a network of polygonal fractures as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA13485:
Eroded Scallops with Layers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Large impact craters have central hills or mountains, because the tremendous shock waves from the impact first compresses the ground, then causes a rebound when it becomes uncompressed. This image is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA15149:
Raised Bedrock in Terra Cimmeria
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-03 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Over 300 meters of layered beds are exposed in this trough of Noctis Labyrinthus, at the western edge of Valles Marineris, as observed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14455:
Light-Toned Layering in a Labyrinthus Noctis Pit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-02 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Impact craters expose the subsurface materials on steep slopes in this image observed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14454:
Hues in a Crater Slope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows one of these exotic locales at the South Pole. The polar cap is made from carbon dioxide (dry ice). The circular pits are holes in this dry ice layer that expand by a few meters each Martian year.
PIA21216:
The Coolest Landscape on Mars (or Earth)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-22 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This vertically exaggerated view shows scalloped depressions in Mars' Utopia Planitia region, prompting the use of ground-penetrating radar aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to check for underground ice.
PIA21136:
Scalloped Terrain Led to Finding of Buried Ice on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The Tharsis region of Mars is covered in vast lava flows, many with channels, as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Some channels, however, resemble features that may have been formed by water.
PIA21104:
A Long and Winding Channel in Tharsis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-21 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a complicated area containing various types of channels, pits and fractures near Olympica Fossae.
PIA21066:
Intersecting Channels near Olympica Fossae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a candidate future landing site in the Nili Patera region.
PIA21040:
A Human Bird's Eye View of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a large field of sand dunes on Kaiser Crater. They are partially free of seasonal ice, with the contrast making it easy to see the ripples.
PIA21039:
A Streamlined Form in Lethe Vallis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This region of Xanthe Terra has mostly been contracted due to thrust faulting, but this local region shows evidence of extensional faulting, also called normal faulting. This observation is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
PIA20813:
Faulting Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The white arrows indicate locations in this scene where numerous seasonal dark streaks have been identified in the Coprates Montes area of Mars' Valles Marineris by NASA's repeated MRO observations from orbit.
PIA20757:
Numerous Seasonal 'Lineae' on Coprates Montes, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The dunes shown here, as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, form distinct dots and dashes. The 'dashes' are linear dunes formed by bi-directional winds, which are not traveling parallel to the dune.
PIA20735:
Martian Morse Code
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-01 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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These North Polar layered deposits, composed of ice, captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, show what looks like drag folds, where rock layers bend (fold) before they break in a fault.
PIA20731:
Drag Folds in the North Polar Layered Deposits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-01 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft targets a 3-kilometer diameter crater that occurs within the ejecta blanket of the much older Bakhuysen Crater, a 150-kilometer diameter impact crater in Noachis Terra.
PIA20728:
Beautiful Blocks of Bedrock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Sand dunes cover much of this terrain, which has large boulders lying on flat areas between the dunes in this image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
PIA15881:
Frosted Dunes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-21 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The Nili Fossae region, located on the northwest rim of Isidis impact basin, is one of the most colorful regions of Mars, as seen here by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
PIA20644:
Many Fantastic Colors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The North Polar layered deposits provide a record of recent climate changes on Mars as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Color variations between layers are due to differences in composition of the dust.
PIA20541:
Colorful Polar Layered Deposits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Scientists think these polygonal fractures seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft contain chlorides, like sodium chloride or table salt, or maybe chloride of calcium or magnesium.
PIA20539:
Old Salt
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft shows the northern rim of a crater in Deuteronilus. At the northern end, we see the crater rim and ridges inside and below that rim.
PIA20463:
A Possible Alluvial Fan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft captured these rounded, mysterious mounds occur along the floor of a depression in northern Arabia Terra.
PIA20462:
Rounded Mounds in Northern Arabia Terra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The striking feature in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a boulder-covered landslide along a canyon wall. Landslides occur when steep slopes fail, sending a mass of soil and rock to flow downhill, leaving a scarp atop the slope.
PIA20290:
Boulders on a Landslide
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The sinuous ridges in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft display strong characteristics of ancient meandering riverbeds that are preserved as inverted topography.
PIA20210:
Inverted Streams in the Aeolis Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft is of a landing site that the flattest, safest place on Mars: part of Meridiani Planum, close to where the Opportunity rover landed.
PIA20159:
A Landing Site for ExoMars 2016
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The central portion of this image is dominated by a sharp-rimmed crater that is roughly 5 kilometers in diameter. On its slopes, gullies show young (geologically recent) headward erosion, which is the lengthening of the gully in the upslope direction.
PIA20158:
A Youthful Crater in the Cydonia Colles Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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In this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, an ancient sinuous meandering river system is surrounded by features called 'yardangs.' The yardangs are the ridge-like landforms that align approximately north-south.
PIA20047:
Meanders in Ridge Form in the Zephyria Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The southern section of Cydonia Region is dominated by both a series of craters and the remnants of channels that may be from a past fluvial system as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
PIA20046:
Small Channels and a Rocky Patch in the Cydonia Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-14 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft shows numerous branching ridges with various degrees of sinuosity. These branching forms resemble tributaries funneling and draining into larger channel trunks towards the upper portion.
PIA20006:
Fine-Branched Ridges
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-14 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Kasei Valles is a valley system was likely carved by some combination of flowing water and lava. In some areas, erosion formed cliffs along the flow path resulting in water or lava falls as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
PIA20004:
Kasei Valles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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A variety of diverse morphological features are present in this image located in the southeastern area of the Nili Fossae region and just northeast of Syrtis Major as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
PIA19940:
Possible Sulfates in the Northeast Syrtis Major Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the southwestern floor of a 50-kilometer diameter unnamed crater, about 100 kilometers northeast of Hellas Basin.
PIA19850:
A Channel System and Patterned Ground near Hellas Basin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-03 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a lacy network of many fine channels associated with jets in the subliming carbon dioxide of the springtime.
PIA11776:
A Mysterious Bright Streak on the South Polar Layered Deposits
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