Category: HiRISE images

HiRISE images

Dunes carving up rock (3D)

A Piece of Mars: Get out your 3D blue/red glasses (or look here for a 2D version if you can't find them). This is a 3.2x1.8 km (2x1.13 mi) scene showing dark dunes carving lanes 50-70 m (165-230 ft) deep ...

Tortoise and hare

A Piece of Mars: There's a lot of evidence for both fast and slow movement in this 480x270 m (0.3x0.17 mi) scene. The tortoise: The rippled surface at the top is high ground: the top of a dune. Wind pushes ...

Crater ejecta on old ripples

A Piece of Mars: Mars rarely does anything without drama. Long ago in this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) scene, large ripples formed and then, presumably, lithified (turned into rock). Some time after that, an impact formed the crater in the ...

Steno’s principles, or “how to make sense of pretty landscapes”

A Piece of Mars: Nicholas Steno was a 19th century geologist, who came up with some principles that are still used today to guide interpretation of exposed sedimentary rocks. The principles seem a bit obvious, but then some of the ...

The trail of a dune

A Piece of Mars: A low, broad dune occupies the center of this 800x450 m (0.5x0.28 mi) scene, blown by a dominant wind towards the lower left. The slip face on the lee side has several small avalanches, formed as ...

Them that make ripples and them that don’t

A Piece of Mars: Higher ground is to the left. You're seeing a tan layer sandwiched between two gray layers in this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) scene. Large ripples have accumulated in the lowest area to the right, which is ...

Martian spiders

A Piece of Mars: Martian spiders, or araneiforms, are geological structures found at high latitudes on Mars. The dark splotch with branching arms in this 0.48x0.27 km (0.3x0.17 mi) scene is a good example. They form in the springtime, when ...

Grainfall

A Piece of Mars: The dunes climbing over a rocky surface in this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) scene are mostly yellow because they're covered (and therefore kept immobile) by dust. The crest of one dune, though, shows recent activity: dark ...

Bedforms on crater rims

A Piece of Mars: Dunes and ripples most commonly form in topographic lows. But not in this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) scene. Here, and in other places on Mars, these bedforms (called TARs) form on plains, and sometimes appear to ...

Shadows behind boulders

A Piece of Mars: Bright material (either dust or sand) has accumulated in the lee of wagon- to car-sized boulders in this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) scene. It's perhaps something like the Rocknest sand shadow that Curiosity visited a few ...