Category Archives: Reports

Opportunity: Crushed rock in false color

Sol 5061, April 20, 2018. Mission scientists commanded the Pancam to shoot a series of filtered images along the line of vesicular rocks, part of which was crushed under Opportunity’s wheels in the last few sols. Click the image (false-color … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layers and flow features in Protonilus Mensae

Layers and flow features in Protonilus Mensae. Repeat image to look for glacial and periglacial changes. There are also some interesting superposition of glacial, polygon, gully, fan, and crevasse features. Who wants to take a hike? Beautiful Mars series. [More … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A change of season

Sols 2027-28, April 20, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: This was a week of transition for Curiosity’s environmental science team. The cloudy season on Mars has ended as we’ve seen a marked decrease in water ice cloud activity … Continue reading

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Two CubeSats to go to Mars with InSight

Many of NASA’s most iconic spacecraft towered over the engineers who built them: think Voyagers 1 and 2, Cassini or Galileo — all large machines that could measure up to a school bus. But in the past two decades, mini-satellites … Continue reading

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Mud cracks help reveal the shape of water on Mars

As Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet’s watery past comes into clearer focus. In early 2017 scientists announced the discovery of possible desiccation cracks in Gale Crater, which was filled by lakes 3.5 billion years ago. Now, a … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Chaos terrain

This image shows chaos terrain on Mars’ equator. NB: HiRISE has not been allowed to acquire off-nadir targeted observations for a couple of months due to MRO spacecraft issues, so many high-priority science objectives are on hold. What can be … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Flood-scoured floor of Lobo Vallis

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 20, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows a small portion of Lobo Vallis near where it recombines with Kasei Valles and empties into Chryse Planitia. Kasei Valles is a huge channel system that drained the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Diverse lithologies on a crater floor

This image shows bedrock units with diverse colors indicating different mineral concentrations. NB: HiRISE has not been allowed to acquire off-nadir targeted observations for a couple of months due to MRO spacecraft issues, so many high-priority science objectives are on … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, April 9-15, 2018

Dust storm activity continued along the seasonal south polar ice cap edge of Mars this past week. Equatorward of the southern seasonal cap edge, local-scale dust storms were observed over Noachis and Cimmeria. At the beginning of the week, a … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Planning the next moves

Sol 5060, April 19, 2018. The rover has backed off slightly from the outcrop and mission scientists are planning Opportunity’s next moves. The above shows the Navcam view of the outcrop with the flat tabular rocks at upper left. These … Continue reading

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