July 28, 2016 / Modified jul 27, 2017 9:25 a.m.

Episode 39: Hi-Rise Camera Still Sharing Images from Mars, Ten Years After Launch

For 10 years, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment has been photographing hundreds of images from targeted areas of Mars in unprecedented detail.

AZWK Mars HiRISE 071417 An image captured by the University of Arizona-operated HiRISE camera. (PHOTO: Courtesy of HiRISE)

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For ten years now, The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment or Hi-Rise has been photographing hundreds of images from targeted areas of Mars in unprecedented detail. It is the most powerful camera ever sent to another planet and has been observing the martian surface in greater detail than had been previously possible. Locating future landing sites on Mars is one of the main functions of Hi-Rise. Dr. Alfred McEwen, planetary geologist at the University of Arizona and principal investigator for Hi-Rise says that in addition to locating future landing sites, Hi-Rise images are giving scientists incredible photos of the surface of Mars at resolutions never before seen of objects one-meter size as well as detailed views of gullies, channels and other science targets.

IN THIS EPISODE

Dr. Alfred McEwen, planetary geologist at the University of Arizona and principal investigator for Hi-Rise
Tim Swindle, Ph. D, Director and Department Head of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

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