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Opportunity’s mission comes to an end

[Ed. note: videos of NASA’s briefing and a commemoration of Opportunity’s mission are here and here.]  One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Shallow craters

Shallow craters. These shallow craters are located in the relatively flat Amazonis Planitia, situated between the Tharsis and Elysium volcanic provinces, to the west of Olympus Mons. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive [More at links]

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NASA briefing on Opportunity rover

NASA will discuss the status of its Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity in a media briefing at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 13, from the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The briefing will air live … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Sand sheet in Matara Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 13, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows the sand deposit on the floor of Matara Crater. The deposit is thick enough to hide the underlying crater floor creating a sheet of sand. Upon this sheet … Continue reading

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HiRISE: An Olympus Mons landslide

An Olympus Mons landslide. Olympus Mons is too large for HiRISE to capture in one image, but we can get very detailed closeups of parts of it. Here, we see a slope streak, possibly caused by a boulder rolling downhill … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Touring Glen Torridon

Sols 2318-19, February 11, 2019, update by MSL scientist Lucy Thompson: Similar to its namesake in Scotland, the Glen Torridon area on Mars affords us stunning vistas, but in our case, of the relatively low-lying clay bearing (from orbit) unit … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Gullies in craters

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 12, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows part of an unnamed crater in Noachis Terra. Several craters in the southern hemisphere contain floor fill that has subsequently been eroded to form depressions in the fill … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Shrinking its orbit to prepare for Mars 2020 rover

The 4-year-old atmosphere-sniffing MAVEN mission is embarking on a new campaign today to tighten its orbit around Mars. The operation will reduce the highest point of the MAVEN spacecraft’s elliptical orbit from 3,850 to 2,800 miles (6,200 to 4,500 kilometers) … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Exploring the new terrain – one measurement at a time

Sols 2315-17, February 11, 2019, update by MSL scientist Suzanne Schwenzer: Curiosity is driving across the clay-bearing unit, which is still a very new terrain with many details yet to be understood. The region is covered in little pebbles – … Continue reading

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HiRISE: An elongated pit in Margaritifer Terra

An elongated pit in Margaritifer Terra. There is nothing more interesting than a feature that resembles a giant amoeba. Margaritifer Terra is an ancient, heavily cratered region, centered just south of the Martian equator, and covers 2600 kilometers at its … Continue reading

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