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Opportunity: No signal for nearly 100 days

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, September 18, 2018: The Opportunity team is increasing the frequency of commands it beams to the rover via the dishes of NASA’s Deep Space Network from three times a week to multiple times per … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Thousands of spiders on Mars

As part of the Planet Four citizen science effort, volunteers searched Context Camera images for possible new locations on Mars with “spiders,” or features with radial troughs from which fans emanate in the springtime. We planned this HiRISE image over … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Nepenthes Mensae in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 20, 2018. Nepenthes Mensae is the region of hills and mesas north of Terra Cimmeria. The dark blue part of the image is a region of basaltic sands. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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MARCI weather report, September 10-16, 2018

Multiple local-scale dust storms picked up along the seasonal south polar ice cap of Mars this past week. This activity that extended over Aonia, Cimmeria, and near the Mountains of Mitchel generated a diffuse dust cloud along the cap edge. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: The other Pan’s labyrinth

The other Pan’s labyrinth. These polar dunes are located near source of gypsum. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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MAVEN: Seeing Mars as an exoplanet

Results from MAVEN have provided a detailed understanding of the evolution of the Martian atmosphere and the history of its climate. In a Planetary Report article, published by The Planetary Society, MAVEN Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky and Deputy PI Dave … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Tell us more, we want to help!

Sols 2175-76, September 19, 2018, update by MSL project scientist Ashwin Vasavada: Over the past few days, engineers here at JPL have been working to address an issue on Curiosity that is preventing it from sending much of the science … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Rough texture, dark dunes

Rough texture, dark dunes. There is a variety of substrate textures in this image, including a ridge-groove corrugation that is reminiscent of some features in Gale Crater. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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Opportunity: Attempting contact multiple times a day

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, September 12, 2018: The Opportunity team is increasing the frequency of commands it beams to the rover via the dishes of NASA’s Deep Space Network from three times a week to multiple times per … Continue reading

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