High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)

Um, You Can See a Car on Mars

by Nancy Atkinson April 16, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter First of all, I completely stole this headline from NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowski (AKA The Mohawk Guy) on Twitter. Second, this is just a great image of the Curiosity rover sitting on Mars, including views of its tracks and where it […]

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Mars’ Dingo Gap Seen From Orbit and the Ground

by Nancy Atkinson February 12, 2014

Thanks to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the HiRISE camera, we have an orbital view of Dingo Gap, an opening between two low scarps which is spanned by a single dune. This gap and dune are visible both from the ground and from orbit. The Curiosity Mars rover has now crossed the gap and is […]

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Brand New Impact Crater Shows Up on Mars

by Nancy Atkinson February 5, 2014

The great thing about the longevity of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is that we can see changes taking place on the Red Planet, such as this relatively new and rather large impact crater. This image shows a stunning 30-meter-wide crater with a rayed blast zone and far-flung secondary material surrounding. Scientists say the impact and […]

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HiRISE Spots Curiosity Rover and Tracks from Orbit

by Nancy Atkinson January 9, 2014

Amazing, the things a birds-eye view allows you to see. Here’s a color image from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showing the tracks of the Curiosity rover. In this most recent HiRISE image of the MSL rover, the tracks are visible from Yellowknife Bay to its location on 11 December 2013, […]

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Can You Spot the Future Location of the Utopia Planitia Shipyards in this New HiRISE Image?

by Nancy Atkinson July 31, 2013

The name of this large impact basin on Mars, Utopia Planitia, sounds idyllic. But it also strikes a warm place in the heart of any Trekkie, as in the future (at least in the Star Trek Universe) it will be the location of the facility where the original Starship Enterprise and its many incarnations will […]

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