Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

Western-Based Team Beginning a new HiRISE Imaging Campaign of Mars

The Western-based team planning HiRISE operations: Eric Pilles, Elise Harrington, Arya Bina, and Dr. Livio Tornabene (left to right).

The Western-based team planning HiRISE operations: Eric Pilles, Elise Harrington, Arya Bina, and Dr. Livio Tornabene (left to right).

Our Western University-based team is gearing up once again to help plan a 2-week set of HiRISE images of Mars starting this week (HiRISE is a high-resolution camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – MRO). The Western-based team is led by Earth Sciences Adjunct Research Professor Dr. Livio Tornabene (@RocDocMars) – a veteran HiRISE Science team member – and will include Earth Sciences Master’s candidates Arya Bina (@wolfforlunch) and Elise Harrington (@elusieum), and returning member Post-Doctoral Fellow Eric Pilles. The team will be enjoying another exciting imaging campaign with the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory HiRISE Operations Team, including HiRISE targeting specialist (HiTS) Nicole Baugh. This will be their 4th time leading the science-planning of HiRISE images from Canada, taking place in the Centre of Planetary Science and Exploration’s (CPSX) mission control facility housed in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (see President Chakma Visits CPSX's Mission Control Room and Mars Rover Mission Control at Western).

HiRISE’s 259th imaging campaign [cycle] executes on Saturday, October 1st and continues to Saturday,October 14th as Mars continues into Northern fall/Southern spring. The team anticipates taking ~100+ images, including current and future landing sites, Southern spring thaw/sublimation processes and the onset of frost-deposition in the Northern Hemisphere.

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