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HiRISE: Go with the (bright) flow

Many slopes in the middle latitudes of Mars show icy flows or glaciers. The region shown here, in the south-facing slope of a crater, is unusual because the flows have bright highlights. The color and brightness variations are likely due … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: What lay beneath

Sol 1820, September 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Curiosity’s weekend “Brushfest” paid off, revealing the stunning purple color of the rocks of this part of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) hiding below the veneer of dust on … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A crater slope in Terra Sirenum mocks us

A crater slope in Terra Sirenum mocks us. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Basaltic dunes and frost in north polar lowlands

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 19, 2017. Siton Undae is a large dune field located in the northern plains near Escorial Crater. Siton Undae is west of the crater and is one of three dune fields near the crater. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A sequence of beauty in Terby Crater

The north-facing wall of a moat-like depression in the middle of Terby Crater exposes a beautiful 400 meter-high sequence of light-toned, repetitive sedimentary layers. These deposits are often obscured by darker-toned patches of material as well as ripples and dunes. … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Perseverance Valley (very) close-up

Sol 4851, September 16, 2017. The Microscopic Imager shoots a target named Albuquerque on the ground in front of Opportunity. At right is the Hazcam view. Click either image to enlarge it. Opportunity raw images, its latest mission status, location … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Crevassed glacier-like forms

Crevassed glacier-like forms. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Frosty dunes in Siton Undae

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 18, 2017. Siton Undae is a large dune field located in the northern plains near Escorial Crater. Siton Undae is west of the crater and is one of three dune fields near the crater. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Brushfest

Sol 1818-19, September 16, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: We are planning only 2 sols today because there will be a soliday on Sunday to get us back in sync with “Mars time” in Gale Crater. The focus … Continue reading

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Curiosity: MAHLI goes to work on the ridge-top

Sol 1816, September 15, 2017. With Curiosity parked on top of Vera Rubin Ridge, scientists are starting to examine rocks in its vicinity. Above is part of a Mastcam composite taken on Sol 1814; it enlarges when clicked. (More complete … Continue reading

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