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Curiosity update: A roving astronomer

Sol 1736-39, June 23, 2017, update by MSL scientists¬†Michael Battalio and Mark Salvatore: Curiosity has presented us with another beautiful workspace following a 16.6 meter drive.¬† The majority of this week’s activities were focused on imaging Vera Rubin Ridge to … Continue reading

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Curiosity: RMI scopes out part of the ridge

Sol 1734, June 22, 2017. To make a mosaic that measures 10 frames wide by two high, the Curiosity’s Remote Micro-Imager shot 20 frames profiling one part of Vera Rubin Ridge. The mission control directed the rover to drive 16 … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Studying the channel near the head of Perseverance Valley

NASA’s senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind. Those scenarios are among the possible explanations rover-team … Continue reading

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No one under 20 has lived a day without NASA at Mars

As the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its destination on July 4, 1997, no NASA mission had successfully reached the Red Planet in more than 20 years. Even the mission team anxiously awaiting confirmation that the spacecraft survived its innovative, bouncy … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Plains north of Coprates Chasma

Plains north of Coprates Chasma. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Winding ridges & ‘basketball terrain’ in Arcadia Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 23, 2017. Do you see what I see? Make a wish and then break the wishbone! (THEMIS Art #132) More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge in Mastcam color

Sol 1732, June 20, 2017. Using its wide-angle (34mm) lens the Mastcam took a composite of the ridge in color. The overhead view from orbit is below, showing Curiosity’s position, sol by sol. (Click either image to enlarge it.) Sol … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Gazing longingly towards Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1734-35, June 21, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Curiosity continues to drive to the east-northeast around two small patches of dunes that are positioned just north of Vera Rubin Ridge. Once beyond this easternmost dune patch, the … Continue reading

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Opportunity field report: June 21, 2017

Sol 4766, June 21, 2017; Rover Field Report by Larry Crumpler, MER Science Team & New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Opportunity is doing a geologic walkabout at the entrance to Perseverance Valley. There is an odd trough-like … Continue reading

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Laser-targeting AI yields more science

Artificial intelligence is changing how we study Mars. A.I. software on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has helped it zap dozens of laser targets on the Red Planet this past year, becoming a frequent science tool when the ground team was … Continue reading

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