Personalized by HiRISE
7 June 2011
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has, for a little over five years, been orbiting Mars and taking data on the evidence of the history of water on Mars. And MRO keeps on sending us more and more data: 136 terabits and counting, which include more than 70,000 images -- that is over three times the amount of data from all other deep-space missions combined; not just the missions to Mars, but every mission that has flown past the orbit of the Earth's Moon.
One of the cameras taking all of those images is MRO's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, also known as HiRISE. HiRISE operates in both the visible and near-infrared wavelengths. Each image HiRISE takes contains basketball-sized pixel elements, which permits us to view surface features on Mars four to eight feet across. This attention to detail allows for never-before-seen stunning and personal views of our neighbor.
And the images are beautiful. Many laud HiRISE images as works of art. In fact, there has been an art exhibit showcasing HiRISE images.
Below find a sample of the vast archive of images taken by MRO's HiRISE instrument. Why not print off a few for your own space. (13 images total)
Check out these resources available on the HiRISE website: