Contrary to what it might seem, Mars has many colors besides its distinctive reddish hue. The presence of many minerals on the surface of Mars – or below – is evident in beautiful colors recorded by the powerful HiRISE camera on board the spacecraft. Mars reconnaissance vehicle (MRO).
In the first image, minerals are shown in Martian soil due to valleys formed by erosion along the side of Caesar crater. Clarifies the team responsible for Highrise.
Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2006, aboard the MRO spacecraft, HiRISE has provided stunning images that reveal the diversity of colors and patterns on the surface of Mars. Kaiser Crater, located in the district Noachis Terra, has been a recurring topic of study—and the team is beginning to notice seasonal changes in these ever-changing landscapes.
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According to HiRISE operators, the giant sand dunes of the Kaiser Crater erode the steeper parts each year as the sun’s heat heats up these slopes and evaporates the carbon dioxide ice. Noachis Terra is an area between two giant impact basins on Mars: Argyre and Hellas. Noachis is one of the oldest inscriptions on Mars.
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