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Favorite Images From Mars

  • Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars
  • Strata at Base of Mount Sharp
  • Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply
  • Minerals at Gale Crater: Curiosity's Home
  • Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater
  • Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1)
  • Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1)
  • Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive'
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp
  • Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars
  • Martian 'Blueberries'
  • Frost on Crater Slope
  • Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
  • An Enigmatic Feature in Athabasca Lava Flows
  • Dunes and Ripples in Nili Patera
  • You Are My 'Hole' World!
  • Weird Crater
  • Activity in Martian Gully
  • Feathery Ridges
  • Endeavour Crater on Mars
  • Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope
  • Frost in Dune Shadows
  • Craters in an Icy Surface
  • You made a big impact on me!
  • Gale Crater Erosion
  • Colorful Dunes
  • Mars Global View of Valles Marineris
  • Polygonal Sand Dunes
  • Curiosity's Stars and Stripes
  • Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
  • A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp
  • Landing on Mars!
  • Hands Held High
  • The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars
  • A Martian Sunset
  • Dust Devils on Mars
  • East Rim of Endeavour Crater
  • Martian Mosaic
  • A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks
  • Northern Ice Cap of Mars
  • A Gem of a Find
  • Crater on North Polar Layered Deposits
  • Mars' Moon Phobos
  • Phoenix and the American Flag on Mars
  • Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes
  • 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum
  • Rover Selfie of Solar Panels
  • Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes
  • Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain
  • Tharsis Volcano
Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars Strata at Base of Mount Sharp Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply Minerals at Gale Crater: Curiosity's Home Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1) Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1) Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive' Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars Martian 'Blueberries' Frost on Crater Slope Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock' An Enigmatic Feature in Athabasca Lava Flows Dunes and Ripples in Nili Patera You Are My 'Hole' World! Weird Crater Activity in Martian Gully Feathery Ridges Endeavour Crater on Mars Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope Frost in Dune Shadows Craters in an Icy Surface You made a big impact on me! Gale Crater Erosion Colorful Dunes Mars Global View of Valles Marineris Polygonal Sand Dunes Curiosity's Stars and Stripes Curiosity Leaves Its Mark A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp Landing on Mars! Hands Held High The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars A Martian Sunset Dust Devils on Mars East Rim of Endeavour Crater Martian Mosaic A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks Northern Ice Cap of Mars A Gem of a Find Crater on North Polar Layered Deposits Mars' Moon Phobos Phoenix and the American Flag on Mars Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum Rover Selfie of Solar Panels Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain Tharsis Volcano

Mars: Press Release Images

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This fresh crater is located in the northern mid-latitudes. It is designated as fresh because of its very sharp rim.

The crater has experienced some modification since it formed, including a few tiny craters on the south wall.

The rough texture of the floor is suggestive of ground ice, which is expected to exist in the mid-latitudes. Ground ice aids gravity in moving material from the crater walls towards the center. Material is visible slumping off the northwest crater wall in this fashion. The wavy texture of the center of the crater floor suggests that material has been transported from the walls and merged in the center.
Fresh Impact Crater in Utopia Planitia
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Periodic Layering in Martian Sedimentary Rocks
Periodic Layering in Martian Sedimentary Rocks
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This image from July 2008 shows the aeroshell for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory while it was being worked on by spacecraft technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company near Denver.
Aeroshell for Mars Science Laboratory
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This image superimposes Gamma-Ray Spectrometer data from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter onto topographic data from the laser altimeter on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor.
Potassium Concentrations on Mars
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This image shows layers of rock stacked like a staircase, their edges extending diagonally from top left to bottom right and stepping downward from the lower left to the top right. At the far left of the image is an eroded, round crater filled with a row of nearly parallel sand dunes. To the right of the crater, a pinkish-colored layer of light-toned rock within the staircase contains opal.
A Gem of a Find
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An image of the north polar layered deposits on Mars and the bright ice cap that covers them.
Crater on North Polar Layered Deposits
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This image shows an example of layers in the Martian north polar deposits. These deposits, part of the Planum Boreum dome, are composed mainly of water ice and small amounts of dust.

The layers within these deposits are exposed by shallowly-sloping troughs that cut into them. This image is particularly interesting because it crosses complicated trough geometry, making the layers appear curved and exposing multiple stratigraphic levels.

Note that layers of different thicknesses are visible. Layer thickness is directly related to the accumulation rate of the layer; a higher accumulation rate will lead to a thicker layer. However, a myriad of factors work together to influence accumulation rate, such as the amount of sunlight reaching the surface and the amount of water in the contemporaneous atmosphere.
Stratigraphy of the North Polar Deposits
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Growing Library of Mars Spectrometer Images
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Image of Hesperia Planum from the HiRISE camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Hesperia Planum
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Deformation Bands in Martian Bedrock
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This is a color image of the largest of Mars' two moons, Phobos. It appears pinkish in color with a giant crater dent on the far, right-side. The crater edges seem whiter than the rest of the image.
Mars' Moon Phobos
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Clay Minerals in Mawrth Vallis Region of Mars
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The larger and inner of the two martian moons, Phobos, is seen here floating just above the martian limb.
Phobos Just Below Mars Limb
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An image of Phobos by the High-Resolution Stereo Camera on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, taken on January 10, 2007.
Phobos as Seen by Mars Express
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Crater Floor Deposits in Promethei Terra
Crater Floor Deposits in Promethei Terra
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This image, released on America's Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, shows the American flag and a mini-DVD on the Phoenix's deck, which is about 3 feet above the Martian surface.
Phoenix and the American Flag on Mars
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This map shows the thickness of the north polar layered deposits on Mars as measured by the Shallow Radar instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
How Thick is the North Polar Ice Cap on Mars?
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Eridania Basin Light-Toned Outcrops
Eridania Basin Light-Toned Outcrops
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Phoenix Landing Area Viewed by Mars Color Imager
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Sample Noachis Terra
Sample Noachis Terra
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Amazingly, this HiRISE image has captured at least four avalanches, or debris falls, in action.
Avalanches Caught in Action
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Phobos in Stereo
'Marsshine' on Shadowed Part of Phobos
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'Marsshine' on Shadowed Part of Phobos
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'Marsshine' on Shadowed Part of Phobos
Phobos from 5,800 Kilometers
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NASA Spacecraft Images Mars Moon in Color and in 3D
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