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Curiosity update: Quite a diffracting weekend!

Sol 1831, September 30, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: The science team has been waiting quite a long time for this moment. Back in late March, nearly 180 Mars-days ago and when Curiosity was investigating the last stretches … Continue reading

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Mars Express: Visual Monitoring Camera goes pro

In the past fortnight, the VMC camera on Mars Express has delivered some of the best images ever, showing the Martian surface in excellent detail, colour and contrast. If you’re a VMCer (and, if you’re reading this, you are!) and … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: We’ve got the power

Sol 1830, September 29, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio: With apologies to Montgomery Scott, “we do not have the power…,” but we will, as today was about keeping our state of charge up in preparation for possible CheMin … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Gullies in Icaria Planum crater

A certain starkness. Beautiful Mars series.

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MAVEN: Large solar storm sparks global aurora, doubles radiation levels at surface

An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface. “NASA’s distributed set of science missions is in the right place to detect activity on the Sun and examine … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Garden of Rubble in Coprates Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 29, 2017. This image is located in central Coprates Chasma. The floor of the chasma is covered by a complex deposit of material. This chaotic surface differs from most of the floor of the … Continue reading

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New look at old data points to subsuface equatorial ice

Scientists taking a new look at older data from NASA’s longest-operating Mars orbiter have discovered evidence of significant hydration near the Martian equator — a mysterious signature in a region of the Red Planet where planetary scientists figure ice shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Going up….

Sol 1829, September 28, 2017. Leaving Bar Harbor quadrangle and entering Kuruman quad, Curiosity is driving steadily up the stepped layers on top of Vera Rubin Ridge. The Navcam composite above looks south toward Mt. Sharp and the path ahead, … Continue reading

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Vapor loss during accretion shapes planetary compositions

Analysing a mixture of earth samples and meteorites, scientists from the University of Bristol have shed new light on the sequence of events that led to the creation of the planets Earth and Mars. Planets grow by a process of … Continue reading

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Curiosity updates: Hello Kuruman!

Sol 1829, September 27, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: As was predicted in yesterday’s blog, we have officially left the “Bar Harbor” quadrangle and are now into the “Kuruman” quadrangle. This quadrangle is named after a charming town … Continue reading

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