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MARCI weather report, February 5-11, 2018

Last week, martian water-ice clouds occurred along the tropics and over the plains north of Tempe. The plains of Acidalia encountered some dusty weather as dust hazes lingered for a couple sols at the beginning of the week. The southern … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A personal touch

Sol 1964, February 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Like yesterday, today’s plan is a bit on the thin side, as the rover’s power allotment will be primarily dedicated to activities associated with the Sample Analysis at Mars … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Driving south-southwest

Sol 4997, February 13, 2018. After studying the rock Nueva Vizcaya, Opportunity drove 15 meters (about 50 feet) to the south-southwest, as mission planners head for the next area of interest in Perseverance Valley. Above is the Navcam view downslope … Continue reading

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HiRISE: This broken land

This broken land. Surface near Athabasca Valles lava. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Landslides, large and small

THEMIS image of the Day, February 14, 2018. This VIS image of Tithonium Chasma shows the canyon wall at the top of the frame and the cliff face of the opposite side of the canyon at the bottom of the … Continue reading

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Sending a piece of Mars home

A chunk of Mars will soon be returning home. A piece of a meteorite called Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (SaU008) will be carried on board NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, now being built at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Checking out the next drill site?

Sol 1962-63, February 12-13, 2018. Curiosity is exploring an exposure of bedrock on Vera Rubin Ridge. As it has weathered, the rock has developed small modules. The Mastcam mosaic above was taken on Sol 1962, the front Hazcam view at … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A nice gathering of slope streaks

A nice gathering of slope streaks. Beautiful Mars series.

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Curiosity update: Getting ready for the SAM geochronology experiment

Sol 1963, February 12, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: Over the weekend Curiosity drove ~52 m to the northeast to another patch of gray bedrock. The team is interested in characterizing the gray bedrock to determine if we … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Closeup on Nueva Vizcaya

Sol 4994, February 10, 2018. The Microscopic Imager moved in on a target dubbed Nueva Vizcaya, and “papered” the outcrop with a set of images. This rock surface appears to be etched and eroded by wind-blown sand particles. At right … Continue reading

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