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Curiosity: Parked on the ridge, looking around

Sol 1877, November 16, 2017. After driving southwest about 20 meters (66 feet), Curiosity turned its Navcam on the surroundings, portraying Mt. Sharp high in the background, with mesas and buttes lower down. At right edge is the far-distant inner … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Faults and pitted mounds in Utopia Planitia

Faults and pitted mounds in Utopia Planitia. This is the summit of a high massif. Beautiful Mars series.

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Opportunity: The course ahead

Sol 4911, November 17, 2017. As Opportunity’s scientists continue their survey of the troughs and channels in Perseverance Valley, they are driving the rover downhill. Side trips and brief upslope forays may occur as they study the bumps in the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Glacial terrain in Moreux Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 17, 2017. This image of Moreux Crater shows part of the central peak at the top of the frame, deposits of material from the crater rim at the bottom of the frame and sand … Continue reading

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Opportunity: La Bajada in the rear view mirror

Sol 4910, November 16, 2017. Three Pancam frames (two in false color by Holger Isenberg) look back up slope toward the La Bajada area in Perseverance Valley. Note the rover wheel tracks. Scientists are using Opportunity to examine the ends … Continue reading

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Trace Gas Orbiter: Crossing Phobos’ orbit while aerobraking

[Editor’s note: See update.] Here are the facts about the Phobos orbit crossing today [November 16]. The orbit crossing is not a Phobos flyby. In fact, we did our best to ensure that Phobos would be at the farthest possible … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A small, well-preserved impact crater

A small, well-preserved impact crater in Hellas Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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Curiosity update: Last drive before Thanksgiving

Sol 1877-78, November 15, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: The star of tosol’s plan was a drive that will likely be our last drive before the Thanksgiving holiday. The science team has a lot of activities we’d like … Continue reading

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HRSC: Fracture swarms on Mars

These striking features on Mars were caused by the planet’s crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. The fractures in the Sirenum Fossae region in the southern hemisphere were imaged by ESA’s Mars Express in March. They extend … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Dunes on floor of Moreux Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 16, 2017. This image of Moreux Crater shows part of the central peak and sand dunes on the crater floor surrounding the peak. The crater rim is at the bottom right of this image. … Continue reading

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