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THEMIS: Fingers of sand in Russell Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 4, 2017. This image shows the western part of the dune field on the floor of Russell Crater. Russell Crater is located in Noachis Terra. A spectacular dune ridge and other dune forms on … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Kicking up some sand

Sol 1748-52, July 7, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio: Curiosity has intentionally scuffed a nearby sand ripple, which has gifted the team with an exceptional view of the interior of these small sand deposits. The majority of the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rolling over a ripple

Sol 1748, July 7, 2017.  Curiosity rolled one wheel across a sand ripple, as scientists sought to see what its interior structure might be (above). At right, the views from the front and rear Hazcams. (Click any image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Bumping to a sand ripple

Sol 1748, July 6, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Another touch-and-go was strategically planned for today, and there is bedrock in the arm workspace, so the tactical science team selected a block named “Tupper Ledge” for contact science. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Sandlot

Sandlot. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Slide on down

Slide on down. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Mega-dune in Russell Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 1, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of Russell Crater in Noachis Terra. The large dune (probably basaltic sand) forms a ridge with interesting shapes on its surface, reworked by the wind. The … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Gullies with color anomalies

This is an oblique view of gully deposits from the steep slope of an impact crater. The deposits with anomalous (bluish) colors may reveal very recent activity, not yet homogenized by dust deposition, or there may be sand preferentially trapped … 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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Curiosity update: Finishing at Stop 1

Sol 1603, February 9, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Yesterday’s plan went well, and ChemCam has run all of the planned diagnostics and will be back in action tomorrow! Similar to yestersol’s plan, the Sol 1603 plan begins … Continue reading

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