By examining swirling patterns left in ice topping the Red Planet’s north pole, scientists using radar data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have put together an unprecedented look into our rusty neighbor’s most recent ice age. The findings, published in the journal Science, offer fresh...
San Antonio, Texas -- May 26, 2016 -- Using radar data collected by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a Southwest Research Institute-led team found evidence of an ice age recorded in the polar deposits of Mars. Ice ages on Mars are...Show More Summary
Data collected by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests the Red Planet is going through an ice age.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has discovered evidence of ancient volcanoes on the surface of the Red Planet. They are believed to have erupted under a sheet of ice, despite the fact that they were discovered around 1,000 miles...Show More Summary
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter marked 10 years of circling the Red Planet earlier this month, sending back a continuing stream of amazing photos from the HiRISE camera managed by the University of Arizona. Phil Plait, who blogs at Bad Astronomy, posted a wonderful retrospective of spectacular HiRISE images, including some I had not seen before. Show More Summary
Mars is seriously pretty. That shot, taken by the HiRISE camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a towering cone-shaped hill in a sand dune field. First of all, just take a moment to think about that. This is a photo of a weirdShow More Summary
In geological circles, a wedge of sediment left behind by flowing water is know as as an alluvial fan. This image, captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, reveals two large impact craters that will be used to age such features and reveal how water shaped the Red Planet. Read more...
The video above shows off some of the fantastic images NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been sending back to Earth for the past 10 years. In that time, Orbiter has been largely forgotten, replaced in our imaginations by the roving charms of Spirit and Opportunity. But the orbiter has soldiered on nonetheless, faithfully snapping one spectacular Mars picture after another.
On March 10, 2006, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrived at the fourth planet from the Sun and took up orbit there. Forty-five thousand orbits and 10 years later, it has provided us humans back on Earth with a revolution in the way we think about Mars. It’s almost impossible to list all the accomplishments of MRO over the past decade. Show More Summary
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Red Planet.
On March 10, 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter set six of its engines to a powerful burn, allowing it to slow down enough for the gravitational pull of Mars to catch it and bring it into orbit. Ten years later, NASA is celebrating...Show More Summary
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a striking image of Earth and the Moon from the perspective of the red planet using its onboard High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. On October 3, 2007 when the image was taken, Earth and Mars were 88 million miles apart, meaning that each pixel of the image covers […]
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a stunning image of a "starburst" pattern on Mars’ surface.
Tables stored in flash memory aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) tell locations of Earth and the sun for the past 10 years, but not their locations next year. That needs to be changed. Carefully.
When I wrote my review of the movie The Martian, I mentioned how realistic the landscapes were. Much of the literally other-worldly scenery was based on images taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which canShow More Summary
In its 2016 budget request, the White House inexplicably proposed to end two active, scientifically productive planetary missions: the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
NASA's latest image release from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has offered an up-close look at the real-world setting for sci-fi blockbuster The Martian. Snapped by the spacecraft's telescopic camera, the photos detail several Mars...Show More Summary
In another reminder that the Red Planet features a complex and active surface, the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of a “dry ice avalanche” streaming down a cliff. Read more...
Using images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA scientists have confirmed the discovery of a water theme park on the planet Mars. "The roughly two-square-mile area known as Six Flags Olympus Mons apparently provided an assortment of exciting rides and Martian family entertainment," said researcher Helmut Richtaffler. Show More Summary
Evidence for flows of liquid water has reportedly been detected on the surface of Mars by NASA's Reconnaissance Orbiter