Detailed Martian Scenes in New Images from Mars Orbiter

Six hundred recent observations of the Mars landscape from an orbiting telescopic camera include scenes of sinuous gullies, geometrical ridges and steep cliffs. Each of the 600 newly released observations from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter covers an area of several square miles on Mars and reveals details as small as desks.

This image shows the west-facing side of an impact crater in the mid-latitudes of Mars' northern hemisphere. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
The HiRISE images taken from April 5 to May 6, 2010, are now available on NASA's Planetary Data System and the camera team's website.

The camera is one of six instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which reached Mars in 2006. For more information about the mission, see http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/.

Contact: Guy Webster
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
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