posted on Aug, 17 2015 @ 06:23 PM
Let's give it up for one of my favourite spacecraft (along with Cassini) that has been hard at work orbiting Mars and giving us some spectacular
images, along with very valuable scientific data - the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifted off from Cape Canaveral 10 years ago last Wednedsay, and in the following decade has sent back a treasure
trove of data about the Red Planet. www.jpl.nasa.gov...
One of its most intriguing discoveries are seasonal dark streaks in crater walls that may be trickles of liquid brine, signifying that water may exist
in liquid state on Mars.
I'm a "visual" kind of person when it comes to space exploration, so a high point for me are the images from MRO. Below are some examples:
Partially-filled-in crater near the north pole
A "monkey face" feature
The infamous "face on Mars"
Seasonal streaks of dark "soil" on dunes covered in frozen CO2
Thousands more images are available at the MRO's HiRISE (HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGING SCIENCE EXPERIMENT) site: www.uahirise.org...