Thursday, June 16, 2011

A View From Mars

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Thanks to the UofA's HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) we get an awesome glimpse into life on Mars every week! Below is a picture of active sand dunes in the Nili Patera region:

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The resolution and ability of the HiRISE camera to take multiple images of the same target has allowed scientists to monitor and detect small-scale changes on the surface of Mars over time.

Some of the linear ripples on these large crescent-shaped dunes in the Nili Patera region are moving, confirming they are active in the current climate conditions.

For more information about the HiRise and the photographic work being done at the University, click here.

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