High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment 

Mars in living color

Flying aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), 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.  The high-resolution images provided by HiRISE are yielding unmatched views of layered materials, gullies, channels, and other science targets and also characterizing possible future landing sites for robotic and manned missions. 

Dark, narrow, 100 meter-long streaks called recurring slope lineae flowing downhill on Mars
In 2015, HiRISE detected recurring slope lineae flowing downhill on Mars, confirming that liquid water flows on the Red Planet. Credit: NASA

What we did 

Instrument provider

We 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. HiRISE relies on our advanced imaging technologies – we’ve launched more than 150 electro-optical systems. 

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