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Opportunity: Still mum, but at least it’s visible

NASA still hasn’t heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least the agency can see it again. A new image produced by HiRISE shows a small object on the slopes of Perseverance Valley. That object is Opportunity, which was descending … Continue reading

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Mars Orbiter Mission: Four years in orbit

It’s been four years since [India's] Mars Orbiter successfully got inserted into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its first attempt. MOM‘s mission life was expected to be six months! So far, the Mars Colour Camera has acquired 980+ … Continue reading

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THEMIS: North polar dunes meet Escorial Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 25, 2018. At the bottom of this image is Escorial Crater. The dune field to the north are called Hyperboreae Undae. The subtle blue and yellow arcs over the crater are clouds. The THEMIS … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Clays in a well-preserved impact crater in Acidalia Planitia

Clays in a well-preserved impact crater in Acidalia Planitia. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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Phobos may have come from big impact on Mars

Spectral fingerprints of Phobos’ surface support an ancient big crash origin for the Martian moon. The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins. The dark faces of … Continue reading

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Curiosity team confident rover will bounce back from glitch

[From Space.com] It’s still unclear exactly what’s ailing NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, but mission team members are optimistic they can get the six-wheeled robot up and running again. Since last Saturday night (Sept. 15), Curiosity has had trouble beaming home … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Up above the dust clouds

When much of Mars was enshrouded by a recent massive dust storm, HiRISE captured this clear view of the surface because of the target’s unique location. Olympus Mons is the biggest volcano in the Solar System, reaching a height of … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Four (Earth) years in Mars orbit

[Ed. note: The video shows a presentation on September 20, 2018, by MAVEN principal investigator Bruce Jakosky providing an update on the latest data from the mission. The story excerpted below is on the MAVEN mission website.] Today [September 21], … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Martian haze

A massive, planet-encircling dust storm occurred on Mars during the summer of 2018, resulting in many images where the surface could not be seen due to the dust. This is a problem for HiRISE but also gives us an exciting … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Arabia Terra landscape in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 24, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows part of Arabia Terra. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. … Continue reading

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