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Opportunity: Northern composite view

Sol 4886, October 22, 2017. Above is a composite view of Navcam shots starting with one that looks straight up the slope Opportunity is parked on (left side) and continuing on the north side around to look straight downslope (right … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Progress toward resumed drilling

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity’s sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars. The five-year-old mission is still several months from the soonest possible resumption of drilling into Martian … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Window into the past

The layered sedimentary deposits inside the giant canyons of Mars have puzzled scientists for decades. These light toned deposits have fine, horizontal laminations that are unlike the rugged rim rock of the Valles Marineris. Various ideas for the origin of … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Feeding SAM some sand

Sol 1852, October 20, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove over 20 meters on Sol 1850, to an area with lots of bedrock exposed. We had several nice targets to choose from, but were limited in what … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Thin lines of dunes on Meroe Patera

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 23, 2017. This image shows part of the dune field near Meroe Patera. High resolution imaging by other spacecraft has revealed that the dunes in this region are moving. Winds are blowing the dunes … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A highly disrupted crater

This 2.5-kilometer diameter crater has been significantly altered from the usual bowl-shaped appearance we associate with craters. Material has covered significant portions of the ejecta and filled in the crater. This fill material has since been subject to erosion—like boulders … Continue reading

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Opportunity spends the week imaging

Opportunity Status Report, October 20, 2017: Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of “Perseverance Valley” on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Although winter conditions are constraining activity, rover energy production has improved slightly, and more of the earlier relay … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Wind streaks near Meroe Patera

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 20, 2017. This image shows part of the dune field near Meroe Patera. High resolution imaging by other spacecraft has revealed that the dunes in this region are moving. Winds from the northeast (upper … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A change of scenery

Sol 1850-51, October 18, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Since the start of our investigation of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR, a narrow and winding ridge that exhibits signs of oxidized iron phases from orbit), we’ve been primarily … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Mars has a twisted magnetotail

Mars has an invisible magnetic “tail” that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from MAVEN. MAVEN is in orbit around Mars gathering data on how the Red Planet lost much of its … Continue reading

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