Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

New Mars Water Map Will Prove Invaluable for Future Exploration Missions

New Mars Water Map Will Prove Invaluable for Future Exploration Missions

A new map of Mars is altering our perception of the planet's watery past, and indicating potential landing sites for…

August 23, 2022

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Releasing Spectacular 5.6-Gigapixel Map of the Red Planet

The rainbow-colored map, to be released in batches over six months, covers the vast majority of the planet Mars, revealing…

July 4, 2022

Help NASA Solve a Fundamental Martian Mystery

Find Clouds on Mars to Help NASA Scientists By spotting clouds in data collected by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the…

July 3, 2022

Breathtaking NASA Photo of Martian Crater Looks Like “Alien Footprint”

Although the photo above isn't new (it was captured by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), on the Mars Reconnaissance…

April 16, 2022

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Captures Images of China’s Rover From Space

China’s Tianwen-1 lander and Zhurong rover touched down on the Martian plain Utopia Planitia on May 14, 2021 after spending…

March 21, 2022

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: Water Flowed on Mars a Billion Years Longer Than Thought

Caltech researchers used the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to determine that surface water left salt minerals behind as recently as 2…

January 28, 2022

International Trio of Mars Orbiters Shows Small Dust Storms Help Dry Out the Red Planet

By combining observations from three international spacecraft at Mars, scientists were able to show that regional dust storms play a…

August 23, 2021

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Captured Perseverance During Descent to Red Planet

The descent stage holding NASA’s Perseverance rover can be seen falling through the Martian atmosphere, its parachute trailing behind, in…

February 20, 2021

Incredible Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Views of Craters, Dust Devils, and Avalanches on the Red Planet

Marking its 15th anniversary since launch, one of the oldest spacecraft at the Red Planet has provided glimpses of dust…

August 13, 2020

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Is Offline for Maintenance – Here’s Why

Other orbiters will continue relaying data from Mars surface missions for a two-week period. From February 17 to February 29,…

February 20, 2020

There’s Buried Treasure on Mars – Here’s NASA’s Treasure Map

NASA has big plans for returning astronauts to the Moon in 2024, a stepping stone on the path to sending…

December 14, 2019

Global Storms on Mars Launch Dust Towers 50 Miles Into the Sky

Dust storms are common on Mars. But every decade or so, something unpredictable happens: A series of runaway storms breaks…

November 26, 2019

Scientists Search for Dust Storm Secrets on Mars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcMpO4Tn0UE Side-by-side movies shows how dust has enveloped the Red Planet, courtesy of the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera onboard…

July 20, 2018

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Views ‘Spiders’ from Mars

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, acquired May 13, 2018, during winter at the South Pole of Mars, shows…

July 14, 2018

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reveals Ice Block Avalanche

One of the most actively changing areas on Mars are the steep edges of the North Polar layered deposits. This…

July 7, 2018

Once in a Blue Dune, MRO Views Lyot Crater

Sand dunes often accumulate in the floors of craters. In this region of Lyot Crater, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)…

June 21, 2018

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Captures New Image of an Impact Crater

This HiRISE image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that…

June 15, 2018

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Views Strange Formations

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a close-up of a trough, along with channels draining into the depression.…

April 4, 2018