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HiRISE spots Phoenix once again

November 4, 2009 | By

Speaking of HiRISE and Mars… The Phoenix Mars Lander is sitting at the Martian north pole, its mission complete. Designed to study the history of water on Mars and investigate potential human habitability, it touched down in May 2008. It dug trenches and examined the surface soil of Mars for months, but the Martian winter […]

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HiRISE sees Phoenix sitting on Mars

May 27, 2008 | By

The phenomenal HiRISE camera which snapped Phoenix beneath its parachute has now seen Phoenix sitting on the Martian surface. In fact, it sees the lander, the parachute, the back shell and the heat shield! Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona; click to embiggen This is quite an extraordinary picture. The Phoenix lander is bluish and sits at […]

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More gorgeous HiRISE pictures

April 17, 2008 | By

The HiRISE camera onboard Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter keeps churning out incredible images of Mars. This one is very cool, but it’s not obvious why at a glance: I had to look at it for a moment to realize how amazing it is: there is a scarp (very steep and tall cliff) going across the bottom […]

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November 29, 2006 | By

Update: As Emily points out in the comments below, these are not the latest images, and will not be updated. Go to the HiROC site for more images. I will also note that their big images are in JPG 2000 format, and they recommend using ExpressView. I installed it and it’s messing up my PC! […]

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A penetrating, double-ringed crater on Mars

September 27, 2012 | By

Mars is weird. Right? I mean, it’s a whole other planet. So you expect it to be weird. But then I see pictures like this one from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera, and I am reminded just how weird it is: [Click to chicxulubenate.] Most craters you see are pretty simple: something impacts the […]

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A fresh Martian impact

August 16, 2012 | By

Because the planets are so terribly old, and impacts so rare, I still have this (very slight) prejudice that craters are old too. The Moon was bombarded billions of years ago, and the craters on Earth are mostly so old that they’ve eroded away. Heck, even a "new" crater like the one in Arizona is […]

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Curiosity's looking a little blue

August 14, 2012 | By

We have a fleet of spacecraft at Mars right now, including the amazing Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its equally amazing HiRISE camera, capable of taking very high-res pictures of the planet below. The folks managing HiRISE just released a new picture of Mars showing the location of Curiosity, and it’ll wow you for sure: Wow!* […]

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Curiosity landing site: the whole mess

August 8, 2012 | By

A new picture returned from the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an overview of the Mars Curiosity rover landing site, showing all the hardware that took it safely to the surface! Coooool. Click to barsoomenate. It’s like an episode of CSI: Gale Crater. You can see the Curiosity rover itself (labeled MSL […]

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Curiosity update: Heat shield spotted!

August 6, 2012 | By

Just a quick update: new analysis of the incredible picture from the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showing Curiosity parachuting to the surface of Mars has revealed a new detail: the rover’s heat shield: Very cool! But it gets better: given when this shot was taken, and the lack of disturbed dust under […]

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Mars orbiter catches pic of Curiosity on its way down!

August 6, 2012 | By

This is truly astonishing: the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped what may turn out to be the Space Picture of the Year: Curiosity descending to Mars under its parachutes! Holy. Haleakala. The rover is safely tucked inside the backshell, suspended underneath its huge parachute. This image was taken just moments after Curiosity’s […]

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