Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA’s Reconnaissance Orbiter catches a view of the Curiosity rover on Mars’ surface
In an incredible feat of technology and timing, the HiRISE camera captures an avalanche from above as it was occurring
“Creating a self-sustaining civilization on Mars would be the greatest adventure ever” – Elon Musk
“The reason I am personally accruing assets is to fund this. I really have no other purpose than to make life interplanetary” – Elon Musk
Views from the final frontier
Sand dunes cover much of this terrain, which has large boulders lying on flat areas between the dunes. It is late winter in the southern hemisphere of Mars, and these dunes are just getting enough sunlight to start defrosting their seasonal cover of carbon dioxide. Spots form where pressurized carbon dioxide gas escapes to the surface
An imaging spectrometer on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes of the Red Planet.