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Opportunity gets dust cleaning and passes 45 kilometers of driving

Opportunity Status Report: Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of “Perseverance Valley” on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has moved along the north fork of the local flow channel. However, before moving, the rover spent several sols … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Rubble piles in Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 19, 2018. This image shows part of eastern Candor Chasma. At the top of the image is the steep cliff between the upper surface elevation and the depths of Candor Chasma. The bottom of … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: It’s all about the details

Sol 1938-39, January 18, 2017, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: Today’s two-sol plan will wrap up activities at Vera Rubin Ridge location “e.” When we assessed the downlink data this morning, we were excited to see that ChemCam did … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Going north across Perseverance Valley

Sol 4970, January 16, 2018. The rover’s Navcam looked back over its recent track on the slope of Perseverance Valley, and shot a composite that shows valley outcrops and even a bit of the next rim segment to the south … Continue reading

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HRSC: Crater named for Gerhard Neukum, Mars Express founder

A fascinating martian crater has been chosen to honour the German physicist and planetary scientist, Gerhard Neukum, one of the founders of ESA’s Mars Express mission. The International Astronomical Union named the 102 km-wide crater in the Noachis Terra region … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Small field of eroding dunes

Small field of eroding dunes. Just drifting away into oblivion… Beautiful Mars series.

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New, low-cost life detection instruments tested at Canadian Arctic Mars analog sites

Researchers demonstrate for the first time the potential of existing technology to directly detect and characterize life on Mars and other planets. The study, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, used miniaturized scientific instruments and new microbiology techniques to identify and … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Mesas of chaos in Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 18, 2018. This image of central Candor Chasma shows a surface topography called chaos. Chaos is a region of small to medium sized mesas surrounded by valleys that are usually the same elevation. In … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Fall in the Hellas Basin

Fall in the Hellas Basin. We took this image during the Martian fall in the Southern Hemisphere, in the giant impact crater known as Hellas Basin where small boulders cast long shadows. The long shadows emphasize small scale topographic features. … Continue reading

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How the solar wind interacts with Mars

Mars, without a strong internal dipole magnetic field, is a place where the supersonic solar wind directly contacts the planet’s upper atmosphere. Using a large set of data from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, [a paper published … Continue reading

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