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.
Every now and again, a photograph from a spacecraft stops me dead in my tracks. The shot above is one such image, taken by the wonderful Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It shows sunrise on the western part of the rim of Jackson Crater, on the far side of the Moon. Show More Summary
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
What you see above is not a 3D model made on a computer. It is a composition captured and created by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that depicts the earth rising over the surface of the moon. Launched on June 18th, 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) had a primary mission of mapping out the topography [...]Show More Summary
MOON is the first topographically accurate lunar globe created with data from NASA‘s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. The globe features a detailed 3D representation of the lunar surface including like the craters Tycho and Clavius, as well as displaying the current lunar phase. The designers of MOON are raising money on Kickstarter to produce the detailed […]
Oscar Lhermitte and Kudu's MOON lunar globe eclipses every other Kickstarter project currently underway. MOON is the most accurate lunar globe, using NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter topographic data combined with electronic and mechanical...Show More Summary
The team behind a new Kickstarter campaign isn’t the first bunch astronomy enthusiasts to create a detailed globe based on our nearest lunar neighbor. But using topographical data gathered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, this Moon globe is the first to accurately recreate all of its craters, mountains, and valleys in 3D. Read more...
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...
Using data from numerous missions, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Crater and Observation Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), researchers have gathered evidence that the spin axis of Earth's moon actually shifted quite substantially in the body's ancient past. Show More Summary
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.
Note: Full-res version HERE in case you want to print it out and tape it to a wall in your office and pretend you're a million (actually around 240,000) miles away. This is a composite photo of an earthrise taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from about 84 miles above the moon's surface. Show More Summary