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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Awesome Images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s First Five Years

Awesome Images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's First Five Years

Check out these impressive images sent from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is five years old this week, and Wired magazine has a great article with all kinds of interesting information and a selection of their favorite Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) images.
The page has an option to view all 14 images on one page, just click the "view all" link towards the end of the article. Otherwise the page displays as a gallery showing one image at a time, something that anyone with low bandwidth can appreciate.

Best Mars Images From Orbiter's First 5 Years | Wired Science |

Partial image from Mars Reconnaissance                   Orbiter

You can see all 18,500 close up images at the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRise) at University of Arizona. In addition to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) images, the site has quite a bit to offer if you want to explore. I thought the Team Blog made for interesting reading.
Note that the themes section divide images into different "science themes," to make the planning of large collections of images more manageable - not the kind of theme that you can install on Windows.

HiRISE | Image Catalog

Both sites are definitely worth a visit.


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by mvozzo on 12. March 2011 - 2:37  (#67813)

I love images from outer space as they are so fascinating! Thanks for sharing Rhiannon. If others are also interested in space imagery, you should check out Hubble Telescope photos at -

Also, Microsoft Research has a great free program called Worldwide Telescope available at:

" WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.
A web-based version of WorldWide Telescope is also now available. This version enables seamless, guided explorations of the universe from within a web browser on PC and Intel Mac OS X by using the power of Microsoft Silverlight 3.0. "

by garth on 11. March 2011 - 14:56  (#67787)

Thanks for posting that Rhiannon. Amazing pictures:)

by rhiannon on 11. March 2011 - 21:01  (#67798)

@garth Glad you like them - they are really incredible photos. -Rhiannon

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Awesome Images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's First Five Years and Other Great Space images
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