Google+ Mars Travel: Mars Photo of the Day - Apr 23 2012

Mars Photo of the Day - Apr 23 2012

Today's Image of Mars shows a potential landing site for future missions to Mars in Northeast Syrtis Major, near the northwestern rim of Isidis Planitia, a giant impact basin. The region exposes bedrock from the Early Noachian period, which was approximately 4 billion years ago.

Some of the exposed bedrock contains hydrated minerals that were deposited during times when the Martian environment may have been more conducive to life as we know it. There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from studying ancient bedrock up close with a rover, so we will likely find that Syrtis Major will be on the list potential landing sites for future manned or unmanned missions to Mars!

Clicking on this image will take you to the original high resolution image from HiRISE. [See the original captioned image from HiRISE]


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