Orbiter, Finishing a Mission, Offers a Peek at Mars’ Wrinkles
We need more missions to Mars
and the other planets. There is
still much to learn and we need
to learn all we can for future use.
“Technically and scientifically, it has certainly met our expectations,” said Alfred S. McEwen, a planetary geologist at the University of Arizona and principal investigator for the orbiter’s high-resolution camera.
Images taken by the camera, able to see features down to about a yard in size, have revealed details like rippled textures in what had looked like bland dusty regions, and researchers can now count tiny craters, enabling them to better estimate the age of terrains.