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HiRISE: Disrupted terrain in Elysium Planitia

Disrupted terrain in southern Elysium Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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HRSC: Frost build-up near Mars north pole

This animated gif shows the build up of frosts in a 73 x 41 km section of the north polar ice cap of Mars between November and December 2004. The images were taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Floor of Ius Chasma

Floor of Ius Chasma. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Dust devil tracks in Argyre

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 23, 2017. Today’s VIS image shows dust devil tracks in Argyre Planitia. The dark streaks are made by dust devil activity scouring the surface and removing the lighter toned dust to reveal the darker … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Beauty of layered stratigraphy

The layered bedrock in this image was brought from several kilometers of depth during the formation of this 44 kilometer wide crater in the volcanic plains of Lunae Planum. As these layers were exhumed and brought to nearly vertical orientations, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ChemCam sick

Sol 1586-88, January 20, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove another 13 meters on Sol 1585, again placing the rover in a good position for contact science.  But the telemetry also showed that ChemCam had been marked … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Examining Jewell

Sol 1585, January 19, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: After a 31-meter drive on Sol 1584, MSL is in position for contact science on a block of bedrock in front of the rover.  So, as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Changing dunes of Wirtz Crater

The large dark feature is a classic Martian sand dune. Most sand on Earth is made from the mineral quartz, which is white and bright. On Mars, most sand is composed of dark basalt, a volcanic rock. For this reason, … Continue reading

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Curiosity: South vista & Ireson Hill

Sol 1584, January 19, 2017. Curiosity drove some 30 meters (100 feet) south from yesterday’s position, and its sand-patch-dodging path has brought it slightly closer to Ireson Hill. Seen in the Navcam composite below, the hill is now about 100 … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Landforms at end of Her Desher Vallis

Landforms at west end of Her Desher Vallis. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Gale Crater mound’s northern side

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 20, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of the floor of Gale Crater and the northern side of Mt. Sharp (Aeolis Mons). The blue-colored areas on the crater floor are likely dunes made … Continue reading

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NASA’s $2.4-billion plan to steal a rock from Mars

Ed. note: The following is an except from a story in Nature; full story here. Adam Steltzner rose to engineering stardom in 2012, when NASA’s Curiosity rover plummeted to a perfect landing on Mars, thanks to a daring, fiery manoeuvre … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Unusual gullied slope

Unusual gullied slope in southern mid-latitudes. Beautiful Mars series.

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Curiosity update: Touch and go at Frost Pond

Sol 1584, January 18, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: On Sol 1583 Curiosity drove 16 m, which set us up for touch-and-go contact science today.  I was the GKOP again, and it was a fun day of planning … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Rugged central peaks in Hale Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 19, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of the interior of Hale Crater. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create … Continue reading

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