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HiRISE: InSight lander on Mars

This is a HiRISE image of the NASA InSight lander, plus other pieces of hardware on Mars after its successful landing on 26 November 2018.It looks like the heat shield (upper right) has its dark outside facing down, since it … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Spring frost on a cold world

Winter on Mars comes with a blanket of carbon dioxide snow. During the spring “thaw,” this snow evaporates into the atmosphere, lingering longest in the shallow depressions such as the troughs of polygon patterned ground. Enhanced color shows the carbon … Continue reading

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Mars 2020: Media telecon on landing site, Nov. 19

NASA will host a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST) Monday, Nov. 19, to provide details about the Mars 2020 rover’s landing site on the Red Planet. The rover, currently under construction at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), … Continue reading

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HiRISE: An ExoMars landing site

HiRISE plays an important role in finding suitable landing sites for future rover missions. Scientists have narrowed down the candidate landing sites for the upcoming European ExoMars rover mission to two regions: the plains of Oxia and Mawrth Vallis. Images … Continue reading

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How best to ‘stick’ a landing at a particular site

Selecting a landing site for a rover headed to Mars is a lengthy process that normally involves large committees of scientists and engineers. These committees typically spend several years weighing a mission’s science objectives against a vehicle’s engineering constraints, to … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Terrain between candidate landing sites

Sample terrain between candidate landing sites for the Mars 2020 mission. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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Scientists to debate Mars 2020 landing site

Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles [October 16-18] to present, discuss and deliberate the future landing site for NASA’s next Red Planet rover – Mars 2020. The three-day workshop … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Candidate Mars 2020 landing site near Jezero Crater

Candidate landing site for 2020 mission near Jezero Crater. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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Hypanis Valles: More likely a delta than a glacier

Is Mars’ Hypanis Valles a glacier? A new study says no. A recent study [published in Icarus] from a team of scientists led by Jacob Adler of Arizona State University explored a unique area of scientific interest on Mars called … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Possible landing site for ExoMars rover in Mawrth Vallis

A possible landing site for the ExoMars rover in Mawrth Vallis. This digital terrain model (DTM) covers part of the proposed landing site for the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover at Mawrth Vallis. The proposed landing site is on the … Continue reading

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