NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey Orbiter Captures Unusual View of Red Planet’s Horizon

NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey Orbiter Captures Unusual View of Red Planet’s Horizon

NASA 2001 Mars Odyssey Orbiter Horizon
NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter captured this unusual view of the Red Planet’s horizon using its THEMIS camera from an altitude of around 250 miles (400 kilometers), or the same altitude at which the ISS orbits Earth.



It was challenging to capture because its Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) is not able pivot, while adjusting the angle of the camera requires changing the position of the entire spacecraft. This meant the team needed to rotate the orbiter almost 90° while making sure the Sun would still shine on the spacecraft’s solar panels, but not on sensitive equipment that could overheat.

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NASA 2001 Mars Odyssey Orbiter Horizon

If there were astronauts in orbit over Mars, this is the perspective they would have. No Mars spacecraft has ever had this kind of view before,” said Jonathon Hill of Arizona State University, operations lead for Odyssey’s camera.

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NASA Releases Video Showing Two Views of Ingenuity’s 59th Flight on Mars

NASA Releases Video Showing Two Views of Ingenuity’s 59th Flight on Mars

NASA Two Views Ingenuity 59th Fight Mars
NASA has just released a video showing Ingenuity’s 59th flight on Mars, but from two different views. The helicopter achieved its second highest altitude of 66 feet while taking pictures of this 142-second flight that took place on September 16, 2023.

What you’re seeing in this side-by-side video is one perspective from Perseverance on the left, which was captured by the rover’s Mastcam-Z imager from about 180 feet (55 meters) away, while the right side has Ingenuity’s images taken by its Navigation Camera (Navcam). Flight 59 saw Ingenuity hovering at different altitudes to check Martian wind patterns.


Our next-generation Mars helicopter testing has literally had the best of both worlds. Here on Earth, you have all the instrumentation and hands-on immediacy you could hope for while testing new aircraft components. On Mars, you have the real off-world conditions you could never truly re-create here on Earth.” That includes a whisper-thin atmosphere and significantly less gravity than on Earth,” said Teddy Tzanetos, Ingenuity’s project manager and manager for the Mars Sample Recovery Helicopters.

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NASA’s Perseverance and Curiosity Rovers Will Lose Communication for 2-Weeks During Mars Solar Conjunction

NASA’s Perseverance and Curiosity Rovers Will Lose Communication for 2-Weeks During Mars Solar Conjunction

NASA Perseverance Curiosity Rovers Mars Solar Conjunction
NASA’s Perseverance and Curiosity rovers will lose communication with ground control teams for 2-weeks during the Mars solar conjunction, which happens every other year. This pause is necessary because the hot, ionized gas expelled from the Sun’s corona could potentially corrupt radio signals sent from Earth to NASA’s Mars spacecraft, resulting in unexpected behaviors.



Perseverance and Curiosity rovers will continue monitor changes in surface conditions, weather, as well as radiation as they stay parked on the Martian surface during this time. The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will use its color camera to study the movement of sand, while the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Odyssey orbiter are set to continue imaging the surface.

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NASA Perseverance Curiosity Rovers Mars Solar Conjunction

Our mission teams have spent months preparing to-do lists for all our Mars spacecraft. We’ll still be able to hear from them and check their states of health over the next few weeks,” said Roy Gladden, manager of the Mars Relay Network at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

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ESA Shows What a Green Nightglow Would Look Like to Human Astronauts on Mars

ESA Shows What a Green Nightglow Would Look Like to Human Astronauts on Mars

ESA Green Nightglow Mars
Data provided by the ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) mission was used to show what a green nightglow would look like to human astronauts on the Red Planet. When the skies are clear, the glow could be bright enough for humans to see by and for rovers to navigate in the dark nights.


ESA Green Nightglow Mars
This greenish atmospheric nightglow occurs when two oxygen atoms combine to form an oxygen molecule, approximately 50 km (31 mi) above the planetary surface. On Mars, they form on the planet’s dayside when sunlight gives energy to carbon dioxide molecules, making them split apart. When these oxygen atoms migrate to the night side and stop being excited by the Sun, they re-form and emit light at lower altitudes.

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ESA Green Nightglow Mars

This emission is due to the recombination of oxygen atoms created in the summer atmosphere and transported by winds to high winter latitudes, at altitudes of 40 to 60 km in the martian atmosphere,” said Lauriane Soret, researcher from the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Planetary Physics of the University of Liège, in Belgium.

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