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Friday, March 24

First Images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Although it will not start its real science work until later this year, scientists have got their first images from MRO's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera (HiRISE).

The HiRISE team eagerly views the first images. The image below is a wide area image of the surface. . . .

and this image is the close up of the area highlighted by the small square above. Bear in mind that this image was taken at a distance approximately 10 times as far away from Mars as the final orbit will be.

All images : NASA [click images for larger version]

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