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Curiosity update: Forecast: it’s pebbly out there

Sol 2435, June 13, 2019, update by MSL scientist Susanne Schwenzer: After yesterday’s soliday for the rover operations team on Earth, we went back to work planning activities for Curiosity to complete on sol 2435 in the Glen Torridon area. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Landing in Oxia Palus

This image shows a cratered area to the southeast of the ExoMars 2020 Rosalind Franklin rover landing site at Oxia Palus. Selecting and characterizing landing sites is a balance between having science targets and avoiding potential obstacles, and HiRISE is … Continue reading

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New model for martian crustal magnetism

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Benoit Langlais and four co-authors recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] A New Model of the Crustal Magnetic Field of Mars Using MGS and MAVEN • MGS and MAVEN magnetic field measurements … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Tectonic traces in Amenthes Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 13, 2019. The two linear depressions crossing this VIS image are graben created by tectonic activity. Explore more THEMIS Images of the Day by geological subject.

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MARCI weather report, June 3-9, 2019

Last week on Mars, dust storm activity continued along the edge of the receding seasonal north polar ice cap. Near the beginning of the week, a regional-scale dust storm occurred over the eastern Arcadia region and spread both southward to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Ridge rage

Sol 2434, June 10, 2019, update by MSL scientist Mariah Baker: It’s a good thing that Curiosity doesn’t have any competition on the road as she drives fervently across undulating terrain towards a large geologic ridge of unknown origin (informally … Continue reading

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Mars 2020 rover to blaze trail for humans

When a female astronaut first sets foot on the Moon in 2024, the historic moment will represent a step toward another NASA first: eventually putting humans on Mars. NASA’s latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020, aims to … Continue reading

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Latest weather at Gale Crater and Elysium Planitia

Daily Elysium charts and data (temperature, wind speed, atmospheric pressure) here.

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HiRISE: Dune footprints in Hellas Planitia

These curious chevron shapes in southeast Hellas Planitia are the result of a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind. Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point, there was an … Continue reading

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THEMIS: The graben of Ceraunius Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 12, 2019. This VIS image shows part of Cerunius Fossae. The linear depressions are fault bounded features called graben. These features form from tectonic forces that are pulling apart the surface, created space for … Continue reading

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