HiPOD: 4 March 2019
Southern Meridiani Planum

Southern Meridiani Planum

Southern Meridiani Planum
Meridiani Planum hosts a rare occurrence of gray crystalline hematite. On Earth, hematite is often formed in hot springs or in standing pools of water; therefore, many scientists believe that the hematite at Meridiani Planum may be indicative of ancient hot springs or that the environment contained liquid water. Future exploration needed!

ID: ESP_054647_1765
date: 24 March 2018
altitude: 269 km
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NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Black & white is less than 5 km across; enhanced color is less than 1 km