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Weather update from Gale Crater

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HiRISE: Cored island

Cored island. This channel may have been used by both lava and water. One of the processes produced a crater-cored island and later, the downstream side was eroded away, leaving knobs and an inverted streamlined form. Beautiful Mars series. [More … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Drilling at Voyageurs

Sols 2111-2112, July 15-16, 2018. With Curiosity at the Voyageurs outcrop, the drill went to work. The Mastcam view above shows the drill site (arrow). Below is the Hazcam view of the drill at work, and at right is the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Down in Proctor Crater

Down in Proctor Crater. Proctor Crater is 168 kilometers in diameter, and its massive dune field has been imaged by us for several years to track changes over time. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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THEMIS: Winding channels of Elysium Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 16, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows part of one of the Elysium Fossae on the western flank of the Elysium volcanic complex. The fossae have both a tectonic and volcanic origin. The linear fractures, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Let the drill fest begin!

Sols 2110-12, July 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: Drilling on another planet is no easy feat, and each time we have the opportunity to do so on Mars feels pretty special. The focus of the weekend three-sol … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Clays in the Eridania Basin

This colorful image shows clays within the Eridania basin region. Many scientists using orbital data have proposed that a large lake may have once existed here during the Late Noachian through Early Hesperian time periods, and then much of the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Voyageurs

Sol 2109, July 12, 2018, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: I first became involved with Curiosity shortly after starting my third year of graduate school in the fall of 2011. My graduate advisor was selected to join the mission … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Lava-coated craters

Lava-coated craters. The larger crater looks normal–dimpled depression with a protruding rim barely covered by lava which later deflated. The smaller depression looks deeper and steeper-sided, and the rim does not protrude, so it is probably below the level of … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Slide debris and layered deposits in Ophir Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 13, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows part of Ophir Chasma. Ophir Chasma is part of Valles Marineris, the largest canyon system on Mars. At the top of the image is a portion of a … Continue reading

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