Category Archives: Reports

THEMIS: Granicus Valles channel

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 22, 2019. A section of Granicus Valles crosses the center of this VIS image. Granicus Valles is a complex channel system located west of Elyisum Mons. The channel system is about 750km long. It … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, August 12-18, 2019

Afternoon weather conditions were very seasonal this past week. Local dust storms were observed along the seasonal receding north polar cap edge (north of Acidalia) and at southern low-latitudes (Margaritifer and Solis) and mid-latitudes (from Aonia to Cimmeria). Condensate clouds … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Southeast Hale Crater ejecta

Southeast Hale Crater ejecta. This image can help us determine whether there are one or multiple ejecta lobes in this region. Hale Crater is often imaged by HiRISE for the presence of recurring slope lineae, or flows that may or … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Science to exhaustion

Sols 2502-03, August 20, 2019, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson:┬áThe Sol 2502-2503 plan starts with a couple of ChemCam observations on the bedrock targets “Papigoe” and “Princes Street,” followed by a Mastcam stereo mosaic of “Stone Row.” Then in … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Biblis Patera

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 21, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows Biblis Patera, the summit caldera of the volcano Biblis Tholus. This volcano is located west of Pavonis Mons and is just one of the numerous volcanoes found in … Continue reading

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ExoMars rover: All instruments now onboard

The full suite of scientific instruments, including cameras that will give us our eyes on Mars, the drill that will retrieve pristine soil samples from below the surface, and the onboard laboratory that will seek out signs of life are … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: More SAMple analysis

Sols 2499-2501, August 16, 2019, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Conjunction is the few-weeks period when Mars goes behind the sun and we stop communicating with our spacecraft that are there. Our last planning day before conjunction will be … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Pits on a crater floor

Pits on a crater floor. These pits are also showing some great exposure of bedrock on the floor of this massive, ancient crater, located northwest of the Hellas impact basin. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. [More at links]

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MARCI weather report, August 5-11, 2019

During the past week on Mars, transient dust storms were observed along the edge of the south polar hood in Sirenum and Aonia. While in the northern hemisphere, storms developed along the seasonal cap edge, with one arcuate-shaped storm propagating … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Ascraeus Mons lava flows

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 20, 2019. The lava flows and other volcanic features in this VIS image (such as pit crater and pit chains) are part of Ascraeus Mons. Ascraeus Mons is the middle volcano in the aligned … Continue reading

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