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HiRISE Releases Thousands of New Images


Thousands of newly-released images from more than 1,500 telescopic observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a wide range of gullies, dunes, craters, geological layering and other features on the Red Planet.

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, camera on the orbiter recorded these images from April to August of this year. Several featured images are released each week by the camera's operations team at The University of Arizona.

This larger batch release is one of periodic postings of all images from given periods of the mission.

View the new images on the HiRISE Web site.

Each full image from HiRISE covers a strip of Martian ground six kilometers (3.7 miles) wide, about two to four times that long, showing details as small as one meter or yard across.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been studying Mars with an advanced set of instruments since 2006. It has returned more data about the planet than all other past and current missions to Mars combined.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, also in Pasadena. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft.

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment is operated by the UA and the instrument was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo.

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