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Curiosity update: Onwards to Midland Valley

Sols 2320-23, February 14, 2019, update by MSL scientist Catherine O’Connell: Today was a very busy planning day for the Curiosity operations team. We planned a 3-sol plan, with contact science, imaging, environmental monitoring and a drive. Our weekend plan … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Hazcam tour of Meridiani Planum, Sols 1-5104

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HiRISE: Plains with diverse lithologies

Plains with diverse lithologies. This observation was a “nadir” target, meaning our camera was pointing straight down at the surface. These pockmarked plains outside of a larger impact crater show some very nice colors. The top cutout is from our … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Kaiser Crater dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 15, 2019. This VIS image is located in Kaiser Crater and shows several individual dunes. These dunes’ dark tone suggests they are free of dust, hence active. With continued winds sand dunes will move … Continue reading

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Weather at Gale Crater

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Six things to know about Opportunity

After 15 years, the mission of NASA’s Opportunity rover has come to an end, but its successes on Mars have earned it a spot in the robot hall of fame. Here’s what you need to know about our intrepid Martian … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layered sedimentary rocks in Meridiani Planum

Layered sedimentary rocks in Meridiani Planum. Ah, the loveliness of Meridiani. Meridiani Planum is a plain located south of Mars’ equator, in the westernmost portion of Terra Meridiani. It hosts a rare occurrence of gray crystalline hematite, which on Earth, … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5353, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

February 14, 2019: NASA Declares Opportunity and MER Mission ‘Complete’ It happened last night. At around 8 pm February 12, 2019, Pacific Standard Time (PST), as the strains of Billie Holiday singing “I’ll Be Seeing You” filled the Space Flight … Continue reading

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InSight deploys heat flow package

NASA’s InSight lander has placed its second instrument on the Martian surface. New images confirm that the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, or HP3, was successfully deployed on Feb. 12 about 3 feet (1 meter) from InSight’s seismometer, which … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, February 4-10, 2019.

Dust storm activity was at a minimum across the tropics and southern highlands of Mars last week. Local storms were observed along the seasonal north polar cap edge, while the polar vortex showed a wave-2 type structure, typical this time … Continue reading

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