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NASA video Mars report

What’s the latest news from Mars? NASA’s InSight lander and MarCO CubeSats are on their way to the Red Planet, a tiny helicopter will hitch a ride with the Mars 2020 rover mission, and Curiosity’s drill is back in business! … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pancam looks downslope

Sol 5094, May 24, 2018. Opportunity’s Pancam looked downslope and made a set of multi-filtered images (false-color by Holger Isenberg) for a composite view of the lower Perseverance Valley channel. Note the streaks in the soil in the two images … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Stair-stepped hill in central Arabia Terra

Stair-stepped hill in central Arabia Terra. Stratified material eroded so as to look something like a wedding cake. A cliff-bench slope expression, apparently mantled with dust, each layer is roughly the same thickness as the next. Beautiful Mars series. [More … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Frost-free dunes in the north polar sand sea

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 25, 2018. This VIS image shows part of Olympia Undae, a large dune field that surrounds part of the north polar cap. At the top of the image the dunes are small and isolated. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Time to feed CheMin

Sols 2061-62, May 23, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: After successfully drilling the “Duluth” target on Sol 2057 (as seen in the above Mastcam image), the science team is eager to find out what it’s made of. As … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Of sand, rock, and dust

Of sand, rock, and dust. There is some wonderful stratigraphy on display here in Meridiani Planum. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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THEMIS: Polar dunes and layers of ice and dust

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 24, 2018. This VIS image shows the margin between the polar cap and the surrounding plains. There are dunes on the plains at the top of the image. In the upper left corner it … Continue reading

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Curiosity starts drilling again

Engineers working with NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them. This past weekend, that effort produced the first drilled sample on Mars in … Continue reading

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InSight: First course correction successful

NASA’s InSight lander has made its first course correction toward Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is the first mission dedicated to exploring the deep interior of Mars. The lander is currently encapsulated … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, May 14-20, 2018

Last week on Mars, weather patterns were fairly typical for this time of martian year. A large dust storm was observed over Cimmeria and Sirenum at the beginning of the week. In the following sols, the dust lifting quickly abated … Continue reading

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