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Curiosity: Rough pavement ahead

Sol 1678, April 26, 2017. Curiosity has crossed the Bagnold Dune Field and is heading for Vera Rubin Ridge (formerly Hematite Ridge). As a result, the path ahead, as shown in the Navcam composite above, lies across slabby rocks with … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, April 17-23, 2017

The red planet continued to display dust-lifting and water-ice clouds along the seasonal north polar ice cap edge this past week. The plains of Chryse and western Amazonis also experienced a local-scale dust storm or two in the second half … Continue reading

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HiRISE: North Ismeniae Fossae scarp

North Ismeniae Fossae scarp. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Aonia Terra crater ejecta in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 26, 2017. Today’s false color image shows several small craters in Aonia Terra. The false colors help show differences in the patterns of debris ejected in the impacts. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Head of the valley just ahead

Sol 4711, April 25, 2017. After a 36-meter (120-foot) drive to the southeast, the Pancam shows the head of Perseverance Valley as a shallow notch in the center of this three-frame composite. It lies about 100 meters (330 feet) away. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Windblown sand in Ganges Chasma

Dark, windblown sand covers intricate sedimentary rock layers in this image from Ganges Chasma, a canyon in the Valles Marineris system. These features are at once familiar and unusual to those familiar with Earth’s beaches and deserts. Most sand dunes … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Rover backtrail

Sol 4710, April 24, 2017. The Navcam shot a semi-pan looking back north and showing the rover’s tracks as it came down from Cape Tribulation and across the level separating that cape from the next one south, Cape Byron. The … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Matara Crater’s sand sheet

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 25, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of the floor of Matara Crater, including the sand sheet with surface dune forms. Matara Crater is located in Noachis Terra, the oldest part of the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Some Murray in hand

Sol 1677, April 24, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman:┬áThis morning we woke up to fresh images from Curiosity that showed our surroundings after an ~17 m Sunday afternoon drive. I always really enjoy days like this because, even … Continue reading

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HiRISE: How old are martian gullies?

Gullies eroded into the steep inner slope of an impact crater at this location appear perfectly pristine. Although at first glance it may appear that there are craters superimposed on the gully fans, inspection of HiRISE stereo coverage shows that … Continue reading

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