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MARCI weather report, November 12-18, 2018

For the past week on Mars, dust storm activity was largely inactive — apart from some areas in the northern hemisphere. The low-lying plains of Acidalia, Amazonis, and Chryse each had a couple of transient local-scale dust storms over the … Continue reading

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Mantle plumes still active under Tharsis, Elysium?

[Editor’s note: From a paper by A.-C. Plesa and eight co-authors recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.] The thermal state and interior structure of Mars We constrain the thermal state and interior structure of Mars by combining a large number … Continue reading

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InSight: On course toward landing

NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft is on track for a soft touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet on Nov. 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving. But it’s not going to be … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Mysterious features on crater floor

Mysterious! These interesting-looking features are on the floor of crater near Amazonis Mensa. They might be wind-driven erosional features. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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We’re going to Jezero!

[From Emily Lakdawalla’s blog at the Planetary Society] NASA announced [November 19] the selection of Jezero crater for the landing site of the Mars 2020 mission. Mars 2020’s launch period opens 19 July 2019, and landing will happen on 18 … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: No turkey, but many side dishes

Sol 2236-39, November 19, 2018, update by MSL scientist Fred Calef: Curiosity is planning a smorgasbord of science over the next few days as it awaits results from digesting the “Highfield” drill target material. We’ll continue change detection observations including … Continue reading

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What two planetary siblings can teach us about life

Mars and Earth are like two siblings who have grown apart. There was a time when their resemblance was uncanny: Both were warm, wet and shrouded in thick atmospheres. But 3 or 4 billion years ago, these two worlds took … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Field of hills in Terra Cimmeria

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 21, 2018. This image is located in Terra Cimmeria. The bright, irregular features are hills. This part of Terra Cimmeria is made up mostly by flat lying plains, with no other hills in the … Continue reading

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Did rolling stones made Phobos groovy?

A new study bolsters the idea that strange grooves crisscrossing the surface of the Martian moon Phobos were made by rolling boulders blasted free from an ancient asteroid impact. The research, published in Planetary and Space Science, uses computer models … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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