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Unraveling a Martian enigma: The hidden rivers of Arabia Terra

Posted by Joel Davis on 2017/03/21 11:01 CDT

Arabia Terra has always been a bit of a martian enigma. Planetary scientist Joel Davis takes us on a tour of its valley networks and their significance in telling the story of water on Mars.

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Field Report from Mars: Sol 4662 - March 6, 2017

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2017/03/11 04:02 CST | 1 comment

For nearly two years, Opportunity's world has been tilted 10–25 degrees as it drove down to the lower slopes of the wall of Endeavour Crater. Toward the end of last week, Opportunity pulled itself up and over the lip of the crater.

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MAVEN dodges Phobos, with (maybe) a little help from Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2017/03/06 06:00 CST | 2 comments

This week MAVEN had to execute a short rocket burn in order to prevent a future collision with Phobos. Curiosity (and other rovers) may have played a role in those trajectory predictions.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Reaches Top of Endeavour Rim, Wraps Cape Tribulation

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2017/03/03 07:54 CST | 5 comments

Driving the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) mission further into its fourteenth year of surface operations, Opportunity continued hiking the slopes of Cape Tribulation in February and finally reached the crest of Endeavour Crater’s western rim.

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Field Report from Mars: Sol 4639 - February 10, 2017

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2017/02/10 04:30 CST

Opportunity has successfully clawed its way to within a few meters of the crater rim after spending the last few months climbing and the last two years inside the crater.

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Field Report from Mars: Sol 4633 - February 6, 2017

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2017/02/06 08:21 CST

Several sols ago, Opportunity made it up and past the steepest section of its climb out of Endeavour crater.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Celebrates the Big 1-3, Begins 14th Year of Ops!

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2017/02/04 07:14 CST | 2 comments

2017 got off to a start that was unprecedented in every good way: Opportunity completed her 13th Earth year of surface operations and drove the first overland expedition of the Red Planet into its 14th year.

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Curiosity update, sols 1548-1599: Serious drill brake problem as Curiosity drives through Murray red beds

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2017/02/03 02:21 CST

Since my last update, the Curiosity mission has developed a better understanding of the problem that prevented them from drilling at Precipice, but its intermittent nature has slowed the development of a workable solution that will allow them to use the drill again. In the meantime, the rover has driven onward, making good use of its other instruments.

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Need a break from Earth? Go stand on Mars with these lovely landscapes

Posted by Kevin Gill on 2017/01/25 09:01 CST | 6 comments

Amateur space image processor Kevin Gill shares some of his stunning 3D images of Mars, created from real spacecraft data.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Wraps 2016, Heads into 2017 Toward 13th Anniversary

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2017/01/04 01:04 CST

As 2016 came to an end and 2017 rang in, Opportunity was working the first leg of the ascent up the rugged western rim of Endeavour Crater on her way to an ancient gully, the next scientific tour de force down the road, and the mission was closing in on its 13th anniversary of surface operations coming up in the New Year.

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