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10/05/2016 The Rise and Fall of Martian Lakes

A recent study that uses data from instruments aboard several Mars spacecraft, including Mars Express (HRSC), paints a detailed picture of the rise and fall of standing bodies of water in a region of Mars which once hosted one of its largest lakes. The paper is titled 'Geologic evolution of the eastern Eridania basin: Implications for aqueous processes in the southern highlands of Mars', by Solmaz Adeli, Ernst Hauber, Laetitia Le Deit, and Ralf Jaumann. The work concludes that Eridania and other small lakes were present during the late Noachian, but were wiped away before the start of the Amazonian. The article is published in the Journal of Geophysical Research (doi: 10.1002/2015JE004898).


Mars Express Archive Data

  • Various datasets, including HRSC and OMEGA, are available through several browser-based and standalone GIS's:
    • JMars, built by Arizona State University.
    • HRSCview and Map Server hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin.
    • MarsSI, part of the eMars project at the Université de Lyon.


Mars Webcam

USRA Planetary Meetings Calendar

Mars Seasons:

  • 28th November 2016 - Ls = 270: MY 33 Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice.
  • 5th May 2017 - Ls = 0: MY 34 Northern Hemisphere Spring Equinox.

The Mars Express Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) originally provided simple, low-tech photos of the Beagle lander separation, and is now back in action as the 'Mars Webcam'.


Mars Express Calendar of science meetings and related events