Mars

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Cavern below?

HiRISE 🛰

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Mars has hidden depths hinted at by intriguing pits scattered around the planet. Some of these tantalizing windows may be entrances to underground caverns. If humans ever make it to Mars, they may want to consider hunkering down underground to protect themselves from space radiation.

This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) in 2011 shows a hole on the slopes of the Pavonis Mons volcano. “Why there is a circular crater surrounding this hole remains a topic of speculation, as is the full extent of the underlying cavern,” NASA said in an image feature in 2020.

Source Article. I’ve teamed up with a few aerospace engineers friends on r/SpaceBrains to design a crowdsourced Mars colony. Check out our progress on discord and share your skills.

This photo is stunning and fires up the imagination to excellent levels. A favorite since it was new.

 

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Paradise for rock hunters (Sol 139)

Mars Perseverance Sol 139: Left Mastcam-Z Camera

  • NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera at full zoom (110mm)
  • Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast.
  • This is a square crop from a single image, the colours have been stretched to highlight the terrain
  • This image was acquired on July 11, 2021 (Sol 139) at the local mean solar time of 12:56:58.
  • Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS
  • Source image: link

 

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Simulated rover climbing the foothills of Mount Sharp provides scale. Sol 3167-ML photomosaic with extended sky by Seán Doran.

Find the full size version on this link to Seán’s Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/seandoran/51314268954/

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Seán Doran

 

 

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A picturesque collection of rocks from sol 136 (Image 2 is the scene in 3D)

 

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“Mysterious Light-Toned Deposit in Vinogradov Crater”

This image of Vinogradov (20.981°S, 323.137°E), a heavily eroded 220 km diameter crater in Margaritifer Terra, was taken by HiRISE on July 1st, 2014. You can see many strange light-toned blobs, some of which appear circular and probably outline small craters. Scientists think this could have formed from the ejecta of a nearby crater, but the details of its origins are still unknown.

The width of this image is about 1 km.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Feature&params=20.981_S_323.137_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

 

 

 

 

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Ginny Reveals Intriguing Terrain for Rover Team: 4 – JPL processed RTE images and a location map. Link in comments to JPL release.

JPL Feature release : link

 

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Long shadows on sol 134

Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Right Mastcam-Z camera.

  • Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast.

  • This image was acquired on July 6, 2021 (Sol 134) at the local mean solar time of 16:32:03.

  • Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

  • Unprocessed raw image: link

Alternative versions posted on UMSF by Franz Tauber:-

  • Stretched colour version: link

  • 3D anaglyph: link (You’ll need red/cyan glasses to view it in 3D)

  • Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/F.Tauber

 

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Jezero is not short of interesting rocks (sol 134)

It could be a basaltic lava with aeolian flutes at the sites its of ‘vesicles’ (voids created by degassing when it cooled). Or it could be a meteorite, or even an altered sedimentary rock (less likely)

I’m sure there are many rock hounds out there that will have much more knowledge than my amateur ramblings, so let’s see if any chip in on this post.

The team at JPL subjected this target to a full suite of images taken with both mast Camera-Z using all the filters, so they appear to be as curious as we are as to its mineralogy 🙂

BTW: I hope it’s a meteorite 🙂

 

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Bright Surprise at the Horizon: Sol 130 dust event over whole mountain range

It’s barely visible, but the whole mountain range at the horizon brightened for about 30 seconds.

Real time between frames was 15 seconds, taken near local noon. The horizontal field of view is 23°, full width of the WATSON camera, distance to the mountain range with the brightening effect is in my estimation about 3km which means the image spans about 1km there.

On the right you see 2 normal size dust devil in the last frame.

Animated GIF for download and URL for sharing:areo.info/mars20/files/Sol130_BrightSurprise_animtext.gif

Individual frames:
areo.info/mars20/ecams/0130
or:
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Another dust event was seen on Sol 117, much larger: www.reddit.com/r/PerseveranceRover/comments/o630df/uncommon_storm_on_sol_117_images

Youtube, repeating the 4-frame sequence 10 times: www.youtube.com/watch?v=feWh5xp-7Z0

Animation from a paper about wind predictions at landing site over the local day: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nRYScG3d6w

Paper: link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11214-020-00788-2

 

 

 

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Sol 129: A SuperCam target, its Navcam context image and a 3D red/cyan Navcam anaglyph

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Very nice. You can clearly see the coarse/thick layering that seems to be typical of the rocks of the plateau on which Perseverance has been driving. It’s usually subtly expressed, but is pretty obvious here. This is at the edge of the gently dipping beds of the plateau before they drop down into the lower terrain of Seitah to the south.

I wish I knew what these rocks were. I’m surprised we’re more than 100 Sols into this and still don’t know.

paulhammond5155, Top contributor

Agreed, hopefully they’ll share some of what they’ve established soon

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t forget to wear boots when visiting this area (Sol 3163)

 

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Rock climbing on Mars/ Testing wheel traction?: During Sol 128 Percy reversed back over a large rock that it drove over at the end of the sol 127 drive.

Supporting Images:-

  • Sol 127 Hazcam (records the position at the end of the drive on sol 127: link
  • Sol 128 Navcam (end of drive, after reversing over the rock): link
  • Sol 128 HazCam (end of drive, after reversing over the rock): link

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

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“Troughs and Scarps in Planum Australe”

This image of the south polar layered deposits (SPLD) was taken by HiRISE on April 30th, 2009 (72.800° S, 134.871° E). Similar to outcrops in Greenland and Antarctica on Earth, it is believed that the climate record of Mars can be deciphered by looking at the layers in this region. The cause of the texture in this image is still uncertain, but it likely originates from long ago when temperatures were higher and the ice flowed much faster.

The width of this image is about 1 km.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Feature&params=72.800_S_134.871_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

 

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Looking across Seitah with Mastcam-Z by Kevin Gill. Link to full resolution version (6144×2291px)in comments

Sol 127 – Mastcam-Z at full zoom

This mosaic was assembled by Kevin Gill and shared on his Flickr page.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/Kevin M. Gill

Full res version (6K = 6144×2291 px) www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmgill/51280440485/sizes/6k/

Kevin’s Flickr page : www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmgill/

EDIT: I forgot to add the link:

 

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Find the helicopter! Much easier this time (Sol 126). In other news the raw image server has >100,000 images!

Mars Perseverance Sol 126: Right Navigation Camera (Navcam)

  • I’ll post the answer if anyone has issues locating Ginny 🙂
  • NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam).
  • The camera is located high on the rover’s mast and aids in driving.
  • This image was acquired on June 28, 2021 (Sol 126) at the local mean solar time of 14:52:34.
  • Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
  • Raw image (unprocessed) link

 

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Ginny back in view at ‘Airfield E’. Spotted by Percy on Sol 124, roughly 95 meters Southwest of the rover (312 ft)

Mars Perseverance Sol 124: Right Navigation Camera (Navcam)

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam).
The camera is located high on the rover’s mast and aids in driving.

This image was acquired on June 26, 2021 (Sol 124) at the local mean solar time of 14:16:43.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Raw image (unprocessed) link

 

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“South Polar Cap, Summer 2000”

This image of the Martian south pole (83.9°S 160.0°E) was taken by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft on April 17th, 2000. It was southern summer and the south pole was now at its smallest extent. In southern winter the south pole would easily fill the entire width of this image, but in summer it shrinks to only about 420 km across.

Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Planum_Australe&params=83.9_S_160_E_globe:Mars

 

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Looks like the hazard avoidance software is working perfectly. Note the large rock next to the rover tracks imaged on Sol 123. Each wheel is ~50 cm or 19.6 inches wide.

Mars Perseverance Sol 123: Right Mastcam-Z Camera

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Right Mastcam-Z camera.
Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast.

This image was acquired on June 25, 2021 (Sol 123) at the local mean solar time of 12:54:07.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Raw image (unprocessed) link

 

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Percy drives again on Friday June 25, 2021 (sol 123). This image is from site 4/1644. The drive data will be added in the comments ASAP.

Mars Perseverance Sol 123: Right Navigation Camera (Navcam)

  • NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this down-sampled image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam).

  • The camera is located high on the rover’s mast and aids in driving.

  • This image was acquired on Friday June 25, 2021 (Sol 123) at the local mean solar time of 15:55:08.

  • Image processed in PhotoScape.

  • Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Raw image: link

 

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“Panorama with Active Linear Dune”

This section of a panorama of the Bagnold Dunes (5.4°S, 137.8°E) is comprised of 115 images taken by the Curiosity Rover’s Mastcam on March 24th and 25th, 2017. You can see a dark sand dune as well as the Murray Bedrock in the foreground. On the right side you can see a vein of what is likely a variety calcium sulfate (either anhydrite, gypsum, or bassanite). The center is towards Mount Sharp, south east of the rover’s location.

The width of this image is about 1 km.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Gale_(crater)&params=5.4_S_137.8_E_globe:Mars_type:landmark

 

 

HiPOD 24 Jun 2021: Ejecta to the Southwest of Hargraves Crater

In this richly textured image, our goal is to look for stratigraphic relationships, melt-rich ejecta, and fragmental ejecta breccia (rock composed of sharp fragments). In Context Camera images and night/day infrared, the contrast suggests the presence of impact melt-rich deposits and bedrock.

Black and white is less than 5 km across; enhanced color is less than 1 km.

ID: ESP_063875_2000 date: 12 March 2020 altitude: 279 km

NASA/JPL/UArizona

Source: uahirise.org

 

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Uncommon storm on Sol 117. Images: https://areo.info/mars20/ecams/0117

I see, now it works and plays directly as animation in the posting.

Individual frames: areo.info/mars20/ecams/0117

This is huge! If it really hits and raises up the slopes in the far distance: Those are 5km away. Check yourselves on www.perseverancerover.spatialstudieslab.org

Also available as youtube 30 seconds video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzBWJGeclVw

Holger Isenberg
Jun 22, 2021

The replay is speed up by a factor of 15. The individual images were taken by the camera 15 seconds apart. Sol 117 images: areo.info/mars20/ecams/0117

alternative links with animation for sharing: twitter.com/areoinfo/status/1407509094064279554 or www.facebook.com/holger.isenberg/posts/10215512378362328 or www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzBWJGeclVw

Files for sharing with author name:

areo.info/mars20/files/NLF_0117_storm_text.gif
areo.info/mars20/files/NLF_0117_storm_text.mp4

Looks mighty energetic over there!

 

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Slab Survey (full zoom) on June 20, 2021 (Sol 119)

Bayer-reconstructed MastCam-Z frame from a large series that should form a mosaic once all are downlinked from the Rover

  • De-Bayered in GIMP

  • Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera.

  • Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast.

  • This image was acquired on Jun. 20, 2021 (Sol 119) at the local mean solar time of 10:46:46.

  • Image Credit: NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast.

  • This image was acquired on Jun. 20, 2021 (Sol 119) at the local mean solar time of 10:46:46.

  • Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

  • Source image (Bayer encoded) Link

 

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A Dust Devil on Mars

This image of a dust devil in Amazonis Planitia (35.824° N 207.485° E, a few hundred km east of SpaceX’s proposed Mars landing sites) was taken on February 16th, 2012 by HiRISE. Amazonis Planitia is a large flat region in the northern lowlands which give rise for relatively high wind speeds during some parts of the year. Dr. Paul Geissler wrote about this image: “The delicate arc in the plume was produced by a westerly breeze at about a 250-meter height that blew the top of the plume towards the east. The westerly winds and the draw of warmth to the south combine to guide dust devils along southeast trending paths, as indicated by the tracks of many previous dust-devils.”

Everyday I post an image like this in r/Areology, check out that subreddit if you like this kind of stuff!

The width of this image is about 1km and the diameter of the dust devil is about 30 meters.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Feature&params=35.824_N_207.485_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

 

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NASA’s Viking 1 probe arrived at Mars on this day in 1976. One month later, the lander portion of the spacecraft touched down on the Martian surface. And Carl Sagan was there, at least in spirit.

A glorious day!

 

Charles W. Shults III

18m

Don’t forget the seashells from Spirit on sol 913. Here are two of them in stereo. First is claimed to be a “volcanic gas bubble” (vesicle). The second… crickets. NASA is unable or unwilling to say. Remember, I have been fighting this stupidity for over 17 years now. At some point, they will yield.

Here is the second shell, something identical to a whelk. Enjoy.

Awesome.

 

Charles W. Shults III

June 15

Here is a perfect example of recent water activity on Mars. The color image shows the area, the anaglyph shows it in 3D. The small “tide pool” to the right is a new formation. How do we know? Because we see how rapid the erosion on Mars is by comparing day-to-day pictures. This formation is made by a liquid (wonder which one?) and had to be formed within a few days to possibly a couple of weeks. Wind cannot make this formation; only the retreat of a liquid. Not waffling here, this is made by water. Opportunity, sol 50.

And here is the 3D view, use your red/blue glasses and see something amazing.

Fantastic!

 

Charles W. Shults III

4m

Another interesting “rock”. Sol 1539, what appears to be a crinoid segment. Opportunity rover.

My buddy Charles rocks Mars research!

 

 

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Ginny will attempt its 8th flight no earlier than June 21. The plan calls for a flight of ~160 meters (525 feet) south to another new landing site as it continues to travel alongside Perseverance Rover.

Source https://twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/1405925115343245317

 

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“Continual Dune and Ripple Migration in Nili Patera”

This image of sand dunes in Nili Patera (8.722° N, 67.345° E), a region not far from where Perseverance is exploring in Isidis Planitia, was taken by HiRISE on August 31st, 2012. Nili Patera is a vast dune field that has been constantly monitored from orbit to measure the rate of change in its shifting sands. In my opinion Nili Patera has some of the most beautiful landscapes on Mars; I can’t wait to see pictures of it taken in-situ one day.

The width of this image is about 1 km.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Geohack link:geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Feature&params=8.722_N_67.345_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

 

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Drive on Sol 116! Ginny is still in the rear-view mirror.

Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

 

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Percy took a nice picture on sol 105!

Structure at back looks like a Mesa, and it is also showing stratification but there are more geology features within that Mesa like cross stratification if I am not wrong because it’s not very clear. More than that surface have many pieces of meteorites I guess due to the reflection of light they indicating its origin may be Iron meteorites or stony-iron meteorites. But at last, Mars is full of geology🥰

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Ingenuity spots Perseverance’s Tracks

This image of Perseverance’s Tracks from 5 meters above the surface was taken by the Ingenuity helicopter on April 25th, 2021 (18.38°N, 77.58°E). This was the Ingenuity helicopter’s third flight.

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Jezero_(crater)&params=18.38_N_77.58_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

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Ginny recharging her batteries on sol 114

Mastcam mosaic of two frames from sol 114.

Assembled in MS-ICE, processed in PhotoScape

Raw images

Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

 

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“Ingenuity will now tag along as Perseverance begins to roll south from its landing site. The helicopter will probably make additional flights every two weeks or so from now until the end of August, when operations are expected to draw to a close” Source ‘Nature’ June 16, 2021

Source report… LINK

Copied Text….

Ingenuity will now tag along as Perseverance begins to roll south from its landing site. The helicopter will probably make additional flights every two weeks or so from now until the end of August, when operations are expected to draw to a close.

 

View of the Delta in Jezero Crater

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“Perseverance View of the Delta in Jezero Crater”

This image of a mesa was taken by the Perseverance Rover’s Mastcam-Z on February 22nd, 2021 (18.38°N, 77.58°E). The image colors are designed to mimic “natural conditions”, i.e. what it would look like to human eyes. This mesa is an interesting feature near Perseverance’s landing location. It has been relatively unaffected by erosion compared to the surronding terrain, and can therefore be used to better understand the landscape prior to aeolian and water erosion. Rising in the background is the ancient river delta where liquid water once flowed into Jezero Crater.

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Jezero_(crater)&params=18.38_N_77.58_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

 

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Percy drives away from Ginny. You can see the helicopter behind the rover in this mosaic (2×2 tile) after the drive.

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020-raw-images/pub/ods/surface/sol/00110/ids/edr/browse/ncam/NRF_0110_0676713972_675ECM_N0040922NCAM03110_04_195J01.png
https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020-raw-images/pub/ods/surface/sol/00110/ids/edr/browse/fcam/FLF_0110_0676713647_742ECM_N0040922FHAZ02420_01_295J01.png

Drive on Sol 113, June 15, 2021


Rover Drive Summary

Sol Meters Feet Heading
113 35.75 ~117 ~South

Full Drive Details (uncalibrated)

Item Description / Unit Value Source
1 Drive distance (meters) 35.75 3
2 Drive distance (feet) ~117 3
3 Drive Heading South 1
4 Site Index 4 3
5 Drive index 1062 3
6 Total distance (meters) 689.16 7
7 Total distance (kilometers) 0.69 7
8 Total distance (miles) 0.43 7
9 Easting 4354418.312 7
10 Northing 1093002.356 7
11 Elevation (geoid) -2569.137 7
12 Elevation (radii) -4251.799 7
13 Radius (meters) 3391938.2 7
14 Longitude 77.44953798 1, 7
15 Latitude 18.43961086 1, 7
16 Roll (degrees) 0.610508 7
17 Pitch (degrees) 1.011405 7
18 Yaw (degrees) -154.85464 7
19 Yaw_rad -2.7 6
20 Tilt (degrees) 1.181364 7
21 Map Quadrangle Canyon de Chelly

Notes

  1. This raw data is subject to revision by JPL as more accurate data arrives from the rover, or after calibration

  2. Raw data was taken from the mission JSON records and or the GeoJSON ‘Rover Interactive Map’ (linked below)

  3. Definitions will be added in future updates when I can get the official definitions of the fields used in the JSON and GeoJSON files


Sources

  1. Perseverance/ Ingenuity Interactive Map: LINK

  2. On-line Json2Table converter LINK

  3. Rover Traverse JSON LINK

  4. TRN Ellipse JSON LINK

  5. Surface Site JSON LINK

  6. Rover Path JSON [waiting for link]

  7. Rover Waypoints JSON LINK

  8. Helicopter Flight Path JSON: LINK

  9. Helicopter Way Points JSON: LINK

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/James Sorenson

James assembled the 2 by 2 tiles into this mosaic. The helicopter is seen sitting in a small sandy depression just right of center in this mosaic. Shared here with permission.

Full resolution on Flickr: LINK

 

Banded TARs in Iapygia

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“Banded TARs in Iapygia”

This image of banded Tranverse Aeolian Ridges (TARs) north of Hellas Planitia (18.707° S, 62.601° E) was taken by HiRISE on January 1st, 2011. TARs are formed by wind and are larger than ripples but smaller than dunes. They are inactive and their internal structure is mostly unknown so it is hard to determine their origin. Understanding the dynamics of TARs could help reveal the past climate and wind conditions on Mars.

u/OmicronCeti is an expert on TARs; this post was inspired by his talk a couple weeks back at the first ever Areological Society meeting.

The width of this image is about 1 km.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Feature&params=18.707_S_62.601_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

So pretty!

 

Martian Rock Garden

Mosaic: 2 left-side Mastcam-Z frames at 110mm zoom. Assembled in MS-ICE after cropping / processing in PhotoScape. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Martian Rock Garden

L-Mastcam-Z: This image was acquired on June 13, 2021 (Sol 112) at the local mean solar time of 13:24:30. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS mars.nasa.govmars20…

Martian Rock Garden

L-Mastcam-Z: This image was acquired on June 13, 2021 (Sol 112) at the local mean solar time of 13:24:43. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS mars.nasa.govmars20…

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Martian Rock Garden: Sometimes in life it’s good to pause and simply admire the view.

 

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You can now explore Jezero Crater as it might have looked in the past, full of Water(!), on the SSL Perseverance Rover Tracker

Oooh, Big Fun! It was obviously spectacular! And I bet there were lots of critters around, too!

See www.perseverancerover.spatialstudieslab.org!

 

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‘This was excavated on Mars’ Video-update from Mars Guy (Episode 10)

This was excavated on Mars

Mars Guy
Jun 13, 2021

The Perseverance rover recently imaged boulders excavated by an ancient impact event, including one that looks like a face and others that are exfoliating.

 

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Perseverance’s SuperCam Views the Ingenuity Helicopter.

Perseverance’s SuperCam Views the Ingenuity Helicopter

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is viewed here through the Remote Microscopic Imager (RMI) camera, part of the SuperCam instrument aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover. This image was taken on May 14, 2021, the 82nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission.

The RMI is able to spot a softball from nearly 1.6 km (1 mile), allowing scientists to take images of details from a long distance. It also provides fine details of nearby targets zapped by SuperCam’s laser.

A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).

Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.

The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

JPL, which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations of the Perseverance rover.

For more about Perseverance: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/CNRS/PIA24665

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Curiosity’s Dust Removal Tool (DRT) used on target ‘Plaisance’

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Curiosity’s Dust Removal Tool (DRT) used on target ‘Plaisance’ a soft patch of bedrock. Note the deep scratches in the rock from the rotating stainless steel bristles of the DRT. We don’t see those deep scratches on the harder rocks. The brushed area has a diameter of about 5cm (2 inches)

Sol 3144: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)

This image was taken by MAHLI onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3144 (2021-06-10T16:53:46.000Z)

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS