The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched into space on August 12, 2005, from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Since then, it has sent nearly 400 terabits of data and continues its mission to Mars. Its primary task is to study the temperature of the atmosphere on Mars and collect information about its minerals.
Beautiful Mars! Our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched 15 years ago today to study the Red Planet’s atmosphere, weather, subsurface water, and more. But the mission might best be known for the images sent by its @HiRISE camera: https://t.co/Z7pOAes4tA pic.twitter.com/i1UdmO9FY2— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2020
All photos were taken by the orbiter’s HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera, the rakish goal of which is 1 microradian.
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HiRISE 10K: Strong Clay Mineral Detection in a Complex Crater— HiRISE: Beautiful Mars (NASA) (@HiRISE) August 13, 2020
The irregular deposits along the floor here might be within either a complex impact crater or a collapse feature. https://t.co/rbwZabbKpY
Hi3D 13 Aug 20: Channel within a Channel— HiRISE: Beautiful Mars (NASA) (@HiRISE) August 13, 2020
As we confirm that this is indeed a channel within a larger one, it’s possible that water might have been present here for a longer period than previously believed.https://t.co/pMOV6RHjE9
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HiRISE Epigrammata— HiRISE: Beautiful Mars (NASA) (@HiRISE) August 13, 2020
“The intoxication with power is worse than drunkeness with liquor and such, for who is drunk with power does not come to his senses before he falls.”
—The Mahabharata pic.twitter.com/bSM48zSbMi
HiPOD 8 Aug 20: Aram Chaos— HiRISE: Beautiful Mars (NASA) (@HiRISE) August 8, 2020
This would be an interesting area to explore and to send a rover, because we think that water might have existed in the underground as ice.
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HiRISE 8K: Channels in Ejecta— HiRISE: Beautiful Mars (NASA) (@HiRISE) August 6, 2020
The objective of this observation is to examine a channel network that begins in a crater’s ejecta in the northern mid-latitudes of Mars. https://t.co/ZUhEwo8SNh
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HiPOD 3 Aug 20: A World of Dunes— HiRISE: Beautiful Mars (NASA) (@HiRISE) August 3, 2020
Dunes are suited to comprehensive planetary studies because they are abundant over a wide range of elevations and terrain types.
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HiPOD 3 Jul 20: Hydrated Minerals North of Hellas Basin— HiRISE: Beautiful Mars (NASA) (@HiRISE) July 3, 2020
This HiRISE image has considerable diversity in color suggesting a range of surface compositions.
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