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Curiosity: New surroundings

Sol 2297, January 22, 2019. A 36-meter (120-f00t) drive to the east placed Curiosity in new surroundings, although still atop Vera Rubin Ridge. The view above (click to enlarge it) sweeps from Mt. Sharp to the south around to the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Impact near the south pole

This image shows a new impact crater that formed between July and September 2018. It’s notable because it occurred in the seasonal southern ice cap, and has apparently punched through it, creating a two-toned blast pattern. The impact hit on … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Yardangs in Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 22, 2019. This VIS image shows part of the eastern end of Candor Chasma. The upper edge of the canyon is at the bottom of the image. The slopes of the chasma are eroded … Continue reading

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Weather at Gale Crater

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Curiosity: Distant buttes

Sol 2295, January 20, 2019. The Remote Micro-Imager reached out to profile distant layered buttes on the flanks of Mt. Sharp. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 2295 raw images (from all cameras).

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THEMIS: Out of round

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 21, 2018. This VIS image shows a group of craters in Terra Sirenum. The apparent youngest one is the center crater with the scalloped rim. Subsurface tectonic features like faults can interfere with crater … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Just can’t wait to get on the road again

Sols 2295-97, January 18, 2019, update by MSL scientist Melissa Rice: Sometimes the best laid plans of rovers go astray. After wrapping up at the Rock Hall drill site yesterday, the plan was for Curiosity to start driving towards the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: On the road again

Sols 2293-94, January 17, 2019, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: It has been a productive stay at the “Rock Hall” drill site. The number and diversity of analyses performed on the drill target and drilled sample itself – mineralogy … Continue reading

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A proposed development sequence for the Elysium volcanic province

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Brian Kneller and two co-authors recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] Correlation between graben orientation, channel direction change and tectonic loading: The Elysium Province, Mars • Graben are systematically arranged around sources … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dust to dust

Sol 2292, January 17, 2019, update by MSL scientists Brittney Cooper and Claire Newman: Today was our last day at “Rock Hall,” so it was our final chance to get every last bit of science at this location. We had … Continue reading

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