HiRISE: Layering on a crater floor in Icaria Planum

tumblr_nco8flWP9e1rlz4gso1_1280Layering on a crater floor in Icaria Planum. Beautiful Mars series.

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Mars Orbiter Mission: Anaglyph Mars

ByytimpCYAEEk7tRed/blue anaglyph instructions at the image link. For flight updates and info, see also the main mission page.

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HiRISE: Layers of planetary history

tumblr_nco8q4rzzM1rlz4gso1_1280Layers of planetary history in Aureum Chaos. Beautiful Mars series.

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Curiosity update: ‘Feeding CheMin’

Sol 765, September 29, 2014, update from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: “After our successful drill last week, the main event in today’s sol 765 plan is dropping off the drilled sample in CheMin, which will tell us what minerals are in the…” [More at link]

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THEMIS: Dark slope streaks

Dark slope streaks on crater rim (THEMIS_IOTD_20140930)THEMIS Image of the Day, September 30, 2014. This VIS images shows dark slope streaks on the inner rim of an unnamed crater in Amazonis Planitia.

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HiRISE: Gorgeous geology in Arabia Terra

tumblr_nch7lkRBeF1rlz4gso3_1280Gorgeous geology in Arabia Terra. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Once an ancient shoreline?

tumblr_nch7p1OuLx1rlz4gso1_1280Once an ancient shoreline? Beautiful Mars series.

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Mars Orbiter Mission: Something’s brewing here

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THEMIS: South polar layers

South polar ice cap layers (THEMIS_IOTD_20140929)THEMIS Image of the Day, September 29, 2014. Today’s VIS image shows layering in the south polar cap.

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Curiosity update: ‘Sample handling’

Sol 762-764, September 26, 2014, update from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: “Arm activities will resume on Sol 762, starting where they left off on Sol 759, with transfer of the drill sample to the scoop and Mastcam imaging of it.  Then the…” [More at link]

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HiRISE: The dunes meet the plains

tumblr_nch6qjufjz1rlz4gso1_1280The dunes meet the plains northwest of Herschel Crater. Beautiful Mars series.

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CRISM: From the surface up

CRISM_FeaturedImage_LMB2B71_Compressed2These CRISM images are mostly used to study the different gases and aerosols within Mars’s atmosphere, but they also give a great perspective on how thin the atmosphere really is. Surface features from the bottom of the image can be seen until the instrument slowly starts to tilt up to look at the atmosphere. The end of view of the planet is right at the ‘P’ in the ‘ATMOSPHERE’ label. From there to space (black), you see only the hazy Martian atmosphere… [More at link]

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Opportunity: Ulysses rim rocks in color

1P464912626ESFCHUCP2585L5M1_L2L5L5L7L7Sol 3793, September 25, 2014. Two false-color images of rocks on the rim of Ulysses (Raimund at right, Hoover at bottom in the image below) join yesterday‘s, as created by Holger Isenberg using filtered Pancam frames.

 

 

1P464912789EFFCHUCP2586L5M1_L2L5L5L7L7Opportunity raw images, its latest mission status, and a location map.

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THEMIS: Candor Chasma

Badlands in Candor Chasma (THEMIS_IOTD_2014-0926)THEMIS Image of the Day, September 26, 2014. This VIS image spans Candor Chasma.

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Curiosity drill pulls first taste from mountain

PIA18608NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site.

pia18609-440Late Wednesday, Sept. 24, the rover’s hammering drill chewed about 2.6 inches (6.7 centimeters) deep into a basal-layer outcrop on Mount Sharp and collected a powdered-rock sample. Data and images received early Thursday at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, confirmed success of this operation. The powder collected by the drilling is temporarily held within… [More at link]

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