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Weather update from Gale Crater

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HiRISE: Semi-sinuous ridge and stratified material in Arabia Terra

Semi-sinuous ridge and stratified material in Arabia Terra. Looks like inverted stream channels that contributed to a lake or pond, with stratified sedimentary rock units in the depression. Important imaging for understanding how to best distinguish cratered, erosion-resistant sedimentary rock … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, August 6-12, 2018

Bright and dark regions of Mars continued to become more apparent through the planet-encircling dust haze as dust continued to slowly settle out of the atmosphere last week. Each sol, thick hazes still lingered above the martian lowlands including over … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Dark streaks on the rim of Orcus Patera

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 15, 2018. Today’s VIS image is located on the western margin of Orcus Patera. Dark slope streaks are present on most ridges in the image. Formation of these features is linked to a change … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Exposed bedrock in Millochau Crater

Exposed bedrock in Millochau Crater. There are some very nice sediments here. The crater measures 115 kilometers in diameter and was named after French astronomer Gaston Millochau. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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THEMIS: Crosscross tectonics in Lycus Sulci

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 14, 2018. Lycus Sulci is a very complex region surrounding the northern and western flanks of Olympus Mons. This VIS image shows some of the tectonic features found in Lycus Sulci as well as … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Ongoing dune activity in Ganges Chasma

Ongoing dune activity in Ganges Chasma. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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Curiosity update: Taking a closer look at the Stoer sample

Sols 2141-42, August 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ashley Stroupe: In today’s plan, Curiosity begins analysis of the long-awaited Pettegrove Point drill sample at the “Stoer” target, which was successfully collected last week (and I had the pleasure of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Linear ridge network north of Antoniadi Crater

A linear ridge network to the north of Antoniadi Crater. The objective of this observation is to examine a linear ridge network. This network may have been a consequence of fluids raised along faults created by impacts. They have also … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Success at Pettegrove Point!

Sols 2138-40, August 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Catherine O’Connell-Cooper: On our third attempt at drilling within the Pettegrove Point member on the Vera Rubin Ridge, we have success! Curiosity has successfully drilled, and generated a pile of drill … Continue reading

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