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MARCI weather report, October 8-14, 2018

Dust clouds and hazes continued along the seasonal south polar ice cap edge of Mars this past week. Dust storms were observed from Aonia Terra to northern Noachis Terra to northern Amazonis. The Amazonis storm was advected southwest over the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Mawrth Vallis craters in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 17, 2018. This VIS image shows a small section of Mawrth Valles and several surrounding craters located in Arabia Terra. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Colorful impact

Some regions of Mars are not very colorful, but we can be surprised by local features. This image of an impact crater in the south Syrtis Major region was acquired as a “ride-along” with a CRISM observation, which targeted this … Continue reading

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InSight: Winning the ‘Claw Game’ on Mars

If you’ve ever played the claw machine at an arcade, you know how hard it can be to maneuver the metal “hand” to pick up a prize. Imagine trying to play that game when the claw is on Mars, the … Continue reading

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Mars & Earth river deltas branch in similar ways

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, October 16, 2018: Robert C. Mahon (University of New Orleans). Which morphologic features of sedimentary systems persist into the stratigraphic record? Ancient river deltas preserved as stratigraphic deposits on both Earth and Mars exhibit … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Lava flows on plains east of Hecates Tholus

THEMIS image of the Day, October 16, 2018. This VIS image shows the plains to the east of Hecates Tholus. In this false-color view lie several lava flow fronts and scattered impact craters. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Rising above it in Amazonis Planitia

This image shows a bright, rectangular-looking landform surrounded by a dark floor. How did this feature get here if it looks so different than its surroundings? The feature resembles a plateau. Dark streaks mark steep slopes on its sides while … Continue reading

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Scientists to debate Mars 2020 landing site

Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles [October 16-18] to present, discuss and deliberate the future landing site for NASA’s next Red Planet rover – Mars 2020. The three-day workshop … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Efforts to communicate continue

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, October 10, 2018: The dust storm on Mars has effectively ended with atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site down to around 1.0 to 1.1, values are typical for storm-free conditions this time of … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Granicus Valles in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 15, 2018. This VIS image shows some of the complex channels that make up Granicus Valles. This channel system is located west of Elysium Mons. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data … Continue reading

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