02.08.2017 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Observes Changes
01.26.2017 Mono Lake
01.25.2017 'Wing' Dike of Hardened Lava in New Mexico
01.25.2017 Blade-Like Martian Walls Outline Polygons
01.23.2017 Spirit And Opportunity By The Numbers
01.10.2017 Mars 2020 Rover - Artist's Concept
01.06.2017 Earth and Its Moon, as Seen From Mars
12.13.2016 Now and Long Ago at Gale Crater, Mars
12.13.2016 Where's Boron? Mars Rover Detects It
11.15.2016 Schiaparelli Impact Site on Mars, Stereo
11.03.2016 Schiaparelli Impact Site on Mars, in Color
10.17.2016 MAVEN Captures Rapid Cloud Formation
10.17.2016 Mars' Nightside Atmosphere
10.17.2016 Ultraviolet Image Near Mars' South Pole
10.17.2016 Ultraviolet Mars Reveals Cloud Formation
10.05.2016 Dust Haze Hiding the Martian Surface in 2001
10.04.2016 Test of Lander Vision System for Mars 2020
10.03.2016 A Sharpened Ultraviolet View of Mars
10.03.2016 Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Murray Buttes'
10.03.2016 Butte 'M9a' in 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
09.19.2016 Ribbon Cutting
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 5)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 4)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 3)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 2)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 1)
08.26.2016 Out-of-this-World Records
08.04.2016 Mars Rover Is New Social Media Game
08.04.2016 Mars Rover Social Media Game
08.02.2016 Artist Concept for RIMFAX
07.20.2016 Viking 40 Year Anniversary Artwork: Medal
07.18.2016 Mars 2020 Range Trigger
07.14.2016 NASA to Launch Mars Rover in 2020
Radargram of Mars North Polar Plateau from Mars ExpressThe upper panel is a radargram profile from the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS), showing data from the subsurface of Mars in the ice-rich north polar plateau of Mars. It shows layers detected to a depth of about 1.5 miles (2.7 kilometers) beneath the surface in a transect about 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) long. A basal unit of a sand- and dust-rich icy material comprises more than half of the bulk of the polar plateau in this radargram profile. Its base can be traced from beneath the Olympia Undae sand sea at left, across the entire polar stack, to the margin of the Rupes Tenuis plateau at right, where there are no overlying north polar layered deposits (NPLD). The vertical dimension is time delay of radio-signal echo. The apparent deepening of the basal unit's lower boundary at the center is an artifact of the slowing of the radar wave in the icy material. In fact, the lower boundary is nearly flat.
The lower panel shows the path of the spacecraft ground track while these radar observations were being made, on a topographical map derived from Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter data. Total relief in the topography from highest (red) to lowest (purple) is 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers).
MARSIS is an instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter. MARSIS was developed by the University of Rome, Italy, in partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter flew on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter.
Image Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Rome/ASI/GSFC.