—The Field Guide to Martian Landscapes

The Field Guide to Martian Landscapes is a taxonomy of landscape phenomena observed on Mars by the HiRISE (High Resoultion Imaging Science Experiment) Project at the University of Arizona in conjunction with NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As it stands, there are over 382 publicly accessible data sets with resolutions of about 1m = 1px, making it the largest public database of high fidelity surface information about Mars. In order to make the information easier to read and usable for designers who may be interested in venturing to the red planet, this field guide has translated the data sets into a series of standardized graphics and three-dimensional models. While this list is hardly exhaustive, and not presented in any specific sequence, landscape typologies may emerge that will impact potential landing or colonization sites. We can identify some types as: dune fields, crater fields, large craters, riverbeds, chasms, montes, and dorsa. The goal is ultimately to introduce these landscapes as snippets or core samples of a new world awaiting our arrival.