Remarkable Image Shows a Martian Crater With NASA’s Garbage Still Inside

Opportunity’s landing platform can be seen squarely inside Eagle Crater, at top right. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona) When NASA’s Opportunity rover landed on Mars in 2004, it settled at the bottom of a crater in an interplanetary hole-in-one shot that would make even a golf champion jealous. When the rover trundled out of its unexpected hole, it left behind its landing platform. Now, 13 … Continue reading Remarkable Image Shows a Martian Crater With NASA’s Garbage Still Inside

Gullies Streak Down Mars Crater in Stunning NASA Photo

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of a gully-streaked crater in the Red Planet’s northern hemisphere on Jan. 15, 2017. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona Gullies streak down the slopes of a frosty Red Planet crater in a gorgeous new photo by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). MRO captured the image using its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, which can spot features as … Continue reading Gullies Streak Down Mars Crater in Stunning NASA Photo

Nasa image reveals bizarre looking crater on Mars’ surface

Scientists are investigating a bizarre scaly feature on the surface of Mars that could be the site of a past impact. The circular structure was discovered on the South Polar layered deposits, and a stunning new image from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE instrument reveals a close look at its strangely reptilian appearance. While it’s thought to be an impact crater, the icy terrain experiences … Continue reading Nasa image reveals bizarre looking crater on Mars’ surface

Jezero crater most popular scientific target on Mars for NASA’s 2020 rover | Science

A deltalike fan in Jezero crater shows where water would have flowed into the lake-filled crater, transporting clay minerals and, possibly, organic molecules. NASA/JPL/JHUAPL/MSSS/Brown University By Paul VoosenFeb. 10, 2017 , 4:45 PM Mars scientists have spoken, nominating Jezero crater and three other sites as their favorite targets for a NASA rover to be launched in 2020. Once home to an ancient river delta, Jezero … Continue reading Jezero crater most popular scientific target on Mars for NASA’s 2020 rover | Science

How the dino-killing asteroid put a ring on its crater

Enlarge / Smashed-up debris from the Chicxulub impact. ARae@ECORD_IODP When we look at the surface of other rocky planets, we see them pitted with the scars of violent impacts. Our own planet is not immune to these; Earth just heals better. Plate tectonics and an active atmosphere smooths over the inevitable nicks and dings. An academic side-effect of this resurfacing is that it is hard to study things … Continue reading How the dino-killing asteroid put a ring on its crater