What created this unusual hole in Mars? The hole was discovered by chance in 2011 on images of the dusty slopes of Mars' Pavonis Mons volcano taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars. The hole appears to be an opening to an underground cavern, partly illuminated on the image right.
Analysis of this and follow-up images revealed the opening to be about 35 meters across, while the interior shadow angle indicates that the underlying c [...]
Get out your red/blue glasses (red for the left eye) and look out over this expansive martian landscape. The panoramic stereo view is composed of images from the roving Curiosity's Navcam taken at a rest stop during a 100 meter drive on Sol 548 (February 19).
The 5.5 kilometer high peak of Mount Sharp, also known as Aeolis Mons, is on the horizon, its base a destination for Curiosity. In the foreground are rows of striated rocks along the Junda outcrop. Centered toward the south-southeast th [...]
As the Expedition 38 crew heads into its final weekend together aboard the International Space Station, the six astronauts and cosmonauts tackled a variety of science experiments Friday and prepared for the return home of three crewmates.
Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy, who will be heading back to Earth Monday evening after 166 days in space, teamed up for a descent drill to train for their upcoming departure. The three crewmates climbed into the [...]