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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in safe mode

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary standby mode on Feb. 15 in response to sensing an unexpectedly low battery voltage. The orbiter is solar-powered but relies on a pair of nickel-hydrogen batteries … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dumping Ogunquit Beach sample

Sols 1968-70, February 16, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: We got lots of good news this morning: The DRT brushing of the potential drill target [at right] completed successfully, as did SAM’s recent analysis of the Ogunquit Beach … Continue reading

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5,000 days on Mars

The Sun will rise on NASA’s solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday, sending rays of energy to a golf-cart-size robotic field geologist that continues to provide revelations about the Red Planet. “Five thousand sols after the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Studying a potential drill target

Sols 1966-67, February 15, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: We are planning 2 sols today to get a head start on the holiday weekend planning. We had several options today, including mobility and contact science with or without … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Stranger (crater) things

Stranger (crater) things. Could this deposit at the bottom of an impact crater be a relic of glacial features? Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Chaotic debris in Tithonium Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 16, 2018. In this VIS image of Tithonium Chasma both sides of the chasma are visible. In this narrow and deep part of the chasma exist both large, chaotic block landslide deposits with smaller … Continue reading

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Opportunity: ‘Rock stripes’ and other surprises

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity keeps providing surprises about the Red Planet, most recently with observations of possible “rock stripes.” The ground texture seen in recent images from the rover resembles a smudged version of very distinctive stone stripes on … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Torrid(on) pace

Sol 1965, February 14, 2018, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: For the last several months, the science, engineering and operations teams have only met three days a week to plan activities for Curiosity in order to give the engineers … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Almost….

Almost… These two channels in Hebrus Valles almost made a connection, but alas… Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Merging landslides in Tithonium Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 15, 2018. In this VIS image a complex region of multiple overlapping landslide deposits fills most the the frame. The the center of the image the top layer has the lobate edges and radial … Continue reading

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