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HiRISE: We’ll always have the South Pole

We’ll always have the South Pole. While the global dust storm has obscured much of the surface, we’ve still been able to get some good images of the polar region. Can you also spot the example of pareidolia here? Beautiful … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Breaking ground in Aram Chaos

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 13, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows part of Aram Chaos. Aram Chaos was initially formed by a large impact. Over time the crater interior was modified by several different processes, including liquid water. Located … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Source of flow east of Olympus Mons

Source of flow to the east of Olympus Mons. Here we see part of a linear depression with branching segments in Amazonian volcanic plains east of Olympus Mons. The flow source from this feature that exhibit volcanic and/or fluvial characteristics. … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Successful drilling at Stoer

Sol 2136, August 9, 2018. Must be a case of third-time-lucky — Curiosity’s drill dug into the Pettegrove Point rock at Stoer and produced a respectable pile of tailings around the drill hole. Click the image to enlarge it. (Pre-drill … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Double impact at Buvinda Vallis

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 10, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows a portion of Buvinda Vallis, a channel near the flank of Hecates Tholus. The closeness of the volcano suggests that the channel was eroded by a lava flow, … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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HiRISE: Layers in a collapse trough near Aromatum Chaos

Layers in a collapse trough near Aromatum Chaos. Aromatum Chaos is a large depression, possibly formed due to a catastrophic flood event. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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Mars CO2 ice cap throughout the martian year

This animation shows a side-by-side comparison of CO2 ice at the north (left) and south (right) Martian poles over the course of a typical year (two Earth years). This simulation isn’t based on photos; instead, the data used to create … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Try, try, and try again

Sols 2136-37, August 8, 2018, update by MSL scientist Sarah Lamm: After two sols of analyzing our intended drill site in the Pettegrove Point member, we began plans to drill the target “Stoer.” Stoer has had Mastcam images, MAHLI images, … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Terra Sabaea dark slope streaks

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 9, 2018. This VIS image is located in Terra Sabaea. The ridge near the right side of the image contains dark slope streaks. These features are thought to form by downslope movement of material … Continue reading

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