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Opportunity: Microscopic Imager shoots a rover selfie to commemorate Sol 5000

Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist R. Aileen Yingst was in the driver’s seat Feb. 15 directing the science activities for NASA’s Opportunity Rover as it spent its 5,000th day exploring the Martian surface. Yingst served as Science Operations Working Group … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Canyon wall failure in Ius Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 21, 2018. Continuing eastward along Ius Chasma, this image shows the eastern section of the large landslide deposit seen in yesterday’s post. A landslide is a failure of slope due to gravity. They initiate … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Wheel tracks in false color

Sol 5003, February 19, 2018. After driving Opportunity upslope and away from Nueva Vizcaya, rover controllers turned the Pancam back on the rover’s tracks (above). The tracks’ tint in this false-color view (by Holger Isenberg) shows that disturbing the surface … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Blocky rubble chokes Ius Chasma’s floor

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 20, 2018. Continuing eastward along Ius Chasma, this section of the canyon floor has been completely filled by blocky deposits from large volume landslides. A landslide is a failure of slope due to gravity. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Icy layers in craters

Scientists now realize that ice is very common on the Martian surface. It often fills up craters and valleys in the mid-latitudes in older climates, although when it’s covered in dust it can be hard to recognize. Today the climate … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Rubble from both sides in Ius Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 19, 2018. The VIS image shows part of the western end of Ius Chasma. Both the north and south canyon walls are visible in this image. At the top of the frame paired faults … Continue reading

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in safe mode

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary standby mode on Feb. 15 in response to sensing an unexpectedly low battery voltage. The orbiter is solar-powered but relies on a pair of nickel-hydrogen batteries … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dumping Ogunquit Beach sample

Sols 1968-70, February 16, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: We got lots of good news this morning: The DRT brushing of the potential drill target [at right] completed successfully, as did SAM’s recent analysis of the Ogunquit Beach … Continue reading

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5,000 days on Mars

The Sun will rise on NASA’s solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday, sending rays of energy to a golf-cart-size robotic field geologist that continues to provide revelations about the Red Planet. “Five thousand sols after the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Studying a potential drill target

Sols 1966-67, February 15, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: We are planning 2 sols today to get a head start on the holiday weekend planning. We had several options today, including mobility and contact science with or without … Continue reading

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