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News Archive / Tagged: HiRISE

  • MRO image shows dust covering Phoenix landing site

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 22nd, 2018

    An image of the 2008 Phoenix Mars landing site taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) nearly a decade after it touched down on the dusty plains of the Red Planet reveals dust has covered much of the site.

  • Research suggests limited role for water in Mars recurring slope lineae

    Paul KnightlyNovember 25th, 2017

    Water may play a less significant role than previously thought in recurring slope lineae on Mars according to a paper published in Nature Geoscience on Nov. 20. Recurring slope lineae, or RSL, are dark seasonal slope streaks that occur on slope faces in some regions of Mars.

  • Ridges on Mars have variety of origins

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 27th, 2017

    Ridges of various sizes have been located in many regions of the Martian surface, and scientists surmise that they originated in a variety of processes and events.

  • New analysis yields clues to fate of Beagle 2

    Jim SharkeyNovember 18th, 2016

    Scientists have discovered new clues about the fate of the British-made Beagle 2 Mars lander, thanks to a new research technique. The probe was discovered on the surface of Mars in November 2014 using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), but questions remained about what had caused its failure to contact Earth.

  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spies Schiaparelli crash site

    Bart LeahyOctober 30th, 2016

    NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted the crash site of Schiaparelli, the lander portion of the European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars 2016 mission. Images taken by MRO’s High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on October 25 show three impact locations within about 0.9 miles (1.5 kilometers) of each other.

  • Study of Martian canyons yields clues about possible water

    Jim SharkeyJuly 12th, 2016

    Scientists studying seasonally recurring dark streaks on Martian slopes that may be indicators of water on the surface of Mars have published their findings on Thursday, July 7, in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. The study investigated thousands of these dark streaks in the Valles Marineris canyon network near the Red Planet's equator.

  • Leaving your mark: NASA’s Curiosity rover makes lasting impression

    Jason RhianMarch 29th, 2015

    Trails left by NASA’s fleet of rovers, with the assistance of the Martian winds and dust devils that scour the rust-colored plains of the Red Planet, usually fade with time. When the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity touched down on the surface of Mars, it did so via the innovative “Sky Crane” system – a jetpack […]

  • Beagle 2 UPDATE: ‘Lost’ 2003 Mars lander found by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 16th, 2015

    In 2003, the United Kingdom constructed the Beagle 2 Mars Lander, which was scheduled to touchdown on the red planet on Dec. 25 of that year. Ground crews lost contact with the lander on Dec. 19, and Beagle 2 was officially declared “lost” in Jan. 2004. No evidence of the lander or any data from […]

  • New meteor-impact crater on Mars is largest ever found

    Paul Scott AndersonMay 27th, 2014

    Newly-formed, fresh meteor craters have been found on the planet Mars before, but a new one seen by the cameras on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is the largest ever seen so far.

  • Through spacecraft and observatories – wild new solar system comes into focus

    David DarlingMarch 31st, 2014

    A ring around an asteroid, a new dwarf planet, a fresh gully on Mars, and preparations to land on a comet – it’s all happening in the solar system at the moment. The last week or two has brought a slew of new discoveries and the promise of many more to come in the very […]