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HiRISE: Mars 2020 candidate landing site in northeast Syrtis Major

A candidate 2020 mission landing site in the northeast region of Syrtis Major. Beautiful Mars series.

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Opportunity taking Pancam stereo shots

Opportunity Status Report, December 7, 2017: Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The past week the rover spent conducting an extensive Panoramic Camera (Pancam) color stereo imaging campaign with large Pancam … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Giant landslide in Melas Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 8, 2017. This VIS image is located along the northern side of the chasma. The linear features are on the surface of a large landslide. This region of Melas Chasma is covered by several … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Scouting ahead, checking soil

Sols 1896-97, December 6-7, 2017. On Sol 1896, the Mastcam took a look ahead toward a depression which may be a small, much weathered impact crater (above, center). At right, the Hazcam shows a scatter of pebbles and soil immediately … Continue reading

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Opportunity’s tilted winter strategy works

NASA’s senior Mars rover, Opportunity, has just passed the shortest-daylight weeks of the long Martian year with its solar panels in encouragingly clean condition for entering a potential dust-storm season in 2018. Before dust season will come the 14th Earth-year … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Welcome to Torridon!

Sol 1897-98, December 6, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: As indicated by our long wheel tracks in the Navcam image above, our planned ~25-meter drive on Sol 1896 was successful, bringing us to another stop along our route … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Defrosting dunes

Defrosting dunes. They’re melting! They’re melting! Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Dunes swirl across landslide rubble

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 7, 2017. This VIS image is located along the northern cliff face of Melas Chasma. The linear features are large landslide surfaces. A region of sand dunes is located along the change in elevation … Continue reading

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Clays quickly cooked in early Mars steambath

New research suggests that the bulk of clay minerals on Mars could have been formed as the planet’s crust cooled and solidified, not by later interactions with water on the surface as has long been assumed. (…) There are thousands … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Making tracks

Sol 1896, December 6, 2017. Soft, smooth ground preserves rover tracks, as Curiosity heads eastward atop Vera Rubin Ridge. This Navcam composite view looks northwest. Follow the rover tracks back and note the impact crater inside the Gale Crater rim … Continue reading

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