Category Archives: Reports

Curiosity update: It’s always sunny in Gale Crater

Sol 1793, August 21, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Not to be overshadowed by other goings on in the solar system today, we planned a full day of activities for Curiosity. Unfortunately, some of the arm activities and … Continue reading

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HiRISE: The hoodoos of Mars

On Mars, we often see inverted river channels preserved perched above the surrounding terrain because the sediment inside the river channel was stronger than its surroundings. This is common in the American Southwest in places where lava flowed down river … Continue reading

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Blizzards on Mars strike at night

Mars researchers have long thought that because the water content of the martian atmosphere today is so low, any clouds that form will produce only modest precipitation. For example, in 2008 the Mars Phoenix lander detected falling snow from a … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Faulting at east end of Hebes Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 22, 2017. This image shows the eastern portion of Hebes Chasma. The ridge that is casting a shadow at the bottom of the image is likely a large tectonic fault. All of the materials … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Still in place

Sol 1792, August 21, 2017. Despite plans for a 40-meter (130-foot) drive, Curiosity remains where it has been since Sol 1789. The Navcam shot a composite showing Mt. Sharp, Vera Rubin Ridge, and the ground in front of the rover. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Landslide domes near Uzboi Vallis

Landslide dome dunes near Uzboi Vallis. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: North wall of Hebes Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 21, 2017. This image shows the north central cliff face of Hebes Chasma. The cliff face and downslope movement of material is very different in appearance than the same features of the large mesa … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A science-filled weekend

Sol 1790-92, August 18, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Even though Curiosity did not drive the planned 15 meters yesterday evening (she only made it about 11 meters), she moved far enough down the road to get in … Continue reading

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Curiosity udate: Inching closer

Sol 1789, August 17, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: As Curiosity inches closer towards ascending Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR), the science team is continuing to be diligent in both characterizing the local surroundings while also looking ahead and … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Mid-latitude terrain sample

Mid-latitude terrain sample. These cutouts utilize the infrared-red-blue (IRB) filter. Beautiful Mars series.

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