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UA Lunar and Planetary Lab to Celebrate Years of Mars Photos

Annual open house will feature the work of HiRISE camera as well as activities for kids, adults.

LPL open house There are plenty of activities for kids at the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab's summer open house. (PHOTO: Space Imagery Center/University of Arizona)

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A University of Arizona-operated camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking images of the red planet for more than a decade -- more than 50,000 images.

The UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory will celebrate Mars and the HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera at its annual summer open house July 15.

Planetary sciences professor Alfred McEwen leads the HiRISE team. He'll give a talk at 1 p.m. about the camera, its capabilities and what scientists have learned about the planet and its diverse and changing landscape.

The HiRISE images are the subject of a coffee table book, "Mars: The Pristine Beauty of the Red Planet," published this year by the University of Arizona Press. McEwen is a co-author.

Also during the open house, the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation's Brain S.T.E.M. will offer a chemistry show at 11 a.m.

More than a dozen area organizations will have hands-on activities for kids throughout the event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kuiper Space Sciences Building, 1629 E. University Blvd. on the UA Mall.

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