High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment
HiRISE image, taken on Jan 18, 2012, displays rock and/or soil erosion between mesas on Mars. Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.
Ball Aerospace’s High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera is flying aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and is returning unprecedented images of the Martian surface.
HiRISE is the largest telescopic instrument ever sent beyond Earth’s orbit. It is able to image the Martian surface up to five times the resolution provided by the Mars Global Surveyor, identifying images as small as a coffee table. HiRISE is operated by the University of Arizona.
The high-resolution images provided by HiRISE are yielding unmatched views of layered materials, gullies, channels, and other science targets, in addition to characterizing possible future landing sites for robotic and manned missions.
High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera
Ball Aerospace built the HiRISE camera that provides images of both predicted and unknown features on Mars’ surface at a higher resolution and contrast than ever before.