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Curiosity update: Optical depth measurements

Sol 1700-01, May 17, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio:┬áCuriosity continues towards Vera Rubin Ridge with a 48 m drive. GEO decided for the touch-and-go option (instead of lengthening the drive like on Sol 1684) using APXS and MAHLI … Continue reading

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Opportunity: At the valley’s head

Sol 4733, May 18, 2017. With Opportunity perched at the top of the slope leading down into Perseverance Valley, mission scientists and rover drivers are imaging the terrain all around the rover. Above, the view toward the south with Winnemucca … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, May 8-14, 2017

Short-lived local-scale dust storms continued to sweep over the southern high-latitudes of Mars this past week. In the northern plains, a mix of water-ice clouds and transient dust storms continued along the margin of the seasonal north polar ice cap, … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, April 24-30, 2017

Dust-lifting activity over southern Sirenum and Aonia swelled into a regional-scale dust storm this past week. The storm swept northeast to southern Argyre where it waned and stretched out towards Hellas. Meanwhile, on the other side of the red planet, … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Gullies with color anomalies

This is an oblique view of gully deposits from the steep slope of an impact crater. The deposits with anomalous (bluish) colors may reveal very recent activity, not yet homogenized by dust deposition, or there may be sand preferentially trapped … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, April 17-23, 2017

The red planet continued to display dust-lifting and water-ice clouds along the seasonal north polar ice cap edge this past week. The plains of Chryse and western Amazonis also experienced a local-scale dust storm or two in the second half … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, April 10-16, 2017

For the past week on Mars, local-scale dust storms continued to develop over the southern high-latitudes. During that time, small short-lived dust storms were observed moving eastward over the seasonal north polar ice cap edge, which are typical this time … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, April 3-9, 2017

Dust-lifting activity increased over the southern high-latitudes of Mars this past week. Southern Sirenum and Aonia encountered repeated local-scale dust storms. Focusing on the northern hemisphere, long arcuate-shaped dust storms advanced over Deuteronilus and Utopia, just south of the seasonal … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, March 27-April 2, 2017

The weather on Mars this past week was fairly typical for this time of season. Small short-lived dust storms swept eastward along the seasonal north polar ice cap edge. Looking a bit further south, a couple of local-scale dust storms … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dark slope streaks, of many ages

Everything is a canvas. Beautiful Mars series.

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