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MARCI weather report, May 15-21, 2017

For the past week on Mars, arcuate-shaped dust storms and water-ice clouds continued to propagate eastward along the northern seasonal ice cap edge. A few transient dust storms were spotted over Utopia Planitia associated with polar activity. Looking to the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Onward through the speedbumps

Sol 1705, May 24, 2017. Navcam shows the way through a field of rounded sedimentary rocks like eroded speedbumps. At right, the arrow points to Curiosity’s position on the approach to Vera Rubin Ridge (bottom). Click images to enlarge them. … Continue reading

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Schiaparelli crash investigation finishes

The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module separated from its mothership, the Trace … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Plains of Terra Cimmeria in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 24, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of the plains of Terra Cimmeria. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Ongoing dune activity in Ganges Chasma

Ongoing dune activity in Ganges Chasma. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Dune ripples in Her Desher Vallis

These small ripples, about 10 meters apart, are located in Her Desher Vallis. Her Desher is a small channel that shows evidence of phyllosilicates—silicates with a sheet-like structure, such as clay minerals. Much larger images of this area show that … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Rocky road

Sol 1705-06, May 22, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Curiosity is continuing to make progress towards Vera Rubin Ridge along the Mt Sharp ascent route.  We planned two sols today, Sol 1705 and Sol 1706.  On our first … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Coprates Chasma landslide

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 23, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of Coprates Chasma. A gigantic landslide has slipped off the ridge crossing the image and dumped uncountable tons of rock at the bottom of the canyon. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Erosion of the edge of the south polar layered deposits

This oblique view of the sloping edge of the stack of icy layers over the South Pole has some interesting morphologies. The slope appears to be eroding from a combination of landslides, block falls, and sublimation. The bright icy exposure … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: An island of science

Sol 1702-04, May 22, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: The rover planners parked us in front of the one slab of outcrop – an island among ripples of sand – we could safely drive to from our Sol 1700 … Continue reading

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