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This image shows rugged highland material in an area near the Martian equator
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Growing Library of Mars Spectrometer Images

A September 2008 release of 1,575 new images, such as this one, from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer (CRISM) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter brings the number of released, high-resolution CRISM images to 4,580. More about this new batch of images can be found at This image in enhanced color from visible-light wavelengths shows light-toned rugged highland material in an area near the Martian equator. It covers an area about 10 kilometers or 6 miles wide.

The images from the instrument are helping researchers learn what minerals are on the Martian surface at many areas, including candidate landing sites for future Mars missions.

The images are on the CRISM Web site,, which also offers an online map showing the locations on Mars for which the spectrometer images are available. Images specifically for supporting the evaluation of candidate landing sites are also at links from

CRISM is one of six science instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL

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