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THEMIS: Terra Cimmeria crater gullies

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 24, 2019. This VIS image shows part of the rim of an unnamed crater in Terra Cimmeria. A group of channels dissect the rim near to upper left of the image. These channels are … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A new drill hole!

Sols 2386-2387, April 22, 2019, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The drilling planned for last weekend was successful, so the top priority for Sol 2386 is to drop portions of the Kilmarie sample onto a closed SAM inlet cover … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Side by side

Side by side. The objective of this observation is to examine a small channel that has cut through a crater north of Hellas Planitia. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. [More at links]

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InSight: First likely marsquake detected

NASA’s Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely “marsquake.” The faint seismic signal, detected by the lander’s Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, was recorded on April 6, the lander’s 128th Martian … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Kilmarie in color

Sol 2384, April 21, 2019. The Mastcam (100mm lens) took this image of the Kilmarie drill hole, which it appears may be shallower than Aberlady. Click the image to enlarge it. Sol 2384 raw images (from all cameras).

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THEMIS: Kaiser Crater dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 23, 2019. This VIS image shows large individual dunes on the floor of Kaiser Crater. Small dark lines to the right of the sand dunes are the tracks made by dust devils as they … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Kilmarie drilled

Sol 2384, April 21, 2019. Successful drilling at Kilmarie puts two drill holes in the same Navcam frame. Aberlady is on the left, Kilmarie on the right on what may be a separate piece of bedrock. Click the image to … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Quite smoooooth

Quite smoooooth. Here in Deuteronilus Mensae, there is a smooth geologic unit overlying plains material. There are also slightly convex-up edges, polygonal patterns on the surface, and softened craters. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. [More at links]

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THEMIS: Sand sheet, dunes in Matara Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 22, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows the floor of Matara Crater. A large sand sheet with surface dune forms dominates the floor of this crater located in Noachis Terra. The dunes’ dark tone indicates … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Drill all the rocks!

Sols 2383-2385, April 19, 2019, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Yestersol’s drill pre-load test was successful, so today we are go for a drill attempt at “Kilmarie”! The front hazcam image from yesterday’s test (shown above) is a helpful … Continue reading

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