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Roving Mars—In Utah

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2015/08/19 08:14 CDT

Students gather in the desert to answer the University Rover Challenge, pushing the limits of the tech that will drive future Mars exploration.

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LPSC 2015: Aeolian Processes on Mars and Titan

Posted by Nathan Bridges on 2015/03/26 04:05 CDT

Planetary scientist Nathan Bridges reports on results from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference about the action of wind on the surfaces of Mars and Titan.

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45th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium Report

Posted by Ted Stryk on 2014/09/23 12:15 CDT | 1 comments

The 45th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, usually focused on terrestrial studies, shifted this year to planetary science. Ted Stryk gives us an overview.

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Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 2

Posted by Tanya Harrison on 2014/08/28 11:17 CDT

Tanya Harrison wraps up the final week of Mars sample return analogue mission operations at the Canadian Space Agency.

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Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 1

Posted by Tanya Harrison on 2014/08/20 11:02 CDT | 1 comments

Tanya Harrison reports on Canada's efforts to simulate a Mars sample return mission here on Earth.

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Dunes on Tatooine

Posted by Ralph Lorenz on 2013/07/17 01:13 CDT

The fictional world Tatooine, scene of action in the Star Wars movies, is named after a town in Tunisia, where parts of the movies were filmed. The desert backdrops against which the movies were filmed are real terrestrial landscapes, which prove to be perhaps unexpectedly dynamic.

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No Place Like Home

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2013/04/21 03:07 CDT | 6 comments

Mars and Earth share a truly striking family resemblance, but there's no mistaking which one is home.

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Mars Above, Mars Below

Posted by Tyler Nordgren on 2012/03/02 06:55 CST

With Mars at opposition once again, astronomers around the world will soon be looking up for our best telescopic views of the Red Planet. But next weekend, I and a group of scientists will be turning our gaze downward for views of that alien planet.

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Six days in the crater (day one)

Posted by Pat Donohue on 2012/02/03 10:02 CST

This is the first in a series of posts based on field notes and memories supplemented by background reading material from the Meteor Crater Field Camp that was held from October 17-23, 2010.

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Evaporites on Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/01/12 04:33 CST

Evaporites form on planetary surfaces when dissolved chemical solids precipitate out of saturated solution as their liquid solvent evaporates and, until recently, were known to exist only on Earth and Mars. This article from the IAG Planetary Geomorphology Working Group describes the third planetary instance of evaporite, discovered on Saturn's moon Titan.

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Molar Tooth Texture

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/08/12 04:35 CDT

Ok, so remember the weird rock I showed in my Galcier Park geology post?

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The Geology of Glacier National Park: Part 1

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/08/08 04:35 CDT

Well, the field trip is over and I am happy to say that I was not eaten by any bears. They seemed much more interested in the huckleberries.

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The enigmatic mounds of Acidalia Planitia

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/04 04:18 CDT

Acidalia Planitia is a large basin in Mars' northern lowlands, a dark splotch visible even from Earth telescopes.

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Big Sky Country

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/07/31 07:20 CDT

Well folks, I'm headed off to Big Sky Country tomorrow (aka Montana)! I'll start the week at the MSL camera team meeting, where I will get all sorts of cool news about the MastCam, MAHLI and MARDI cameras which I will not be able to share with you.

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Saturn's hexagon is not unique

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/29 11:49 CDT

It turns out that Saturn's not the only place that displays geometrical shapes in its atmosphere. Earth does too.

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Using Earth to Study the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/26 12:51 CDT

Exploring Earth analogues of space landscapes is a valuable activity that can help planetary scientists correctly interpret what their instruments are telling them.

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MarsSed 2010 Field Trip Day 2: Stromatolites, Gypsum and Layers

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/04/30 04:35 CDT

We started off Day 2 of the field trip by driving up onto the eroded rocks of what used to be the tidal flats of the ancient reef, between the shore and the continental shelf.

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MarsSed 2010 Field Trip Day 1: Guadalupe Mountains and Evaporites

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/04/26 05:30 CDT

Hello everyone, I’m back from the MarsSed 2010 meeting in El Paso!

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Volcanism across the solar system: Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/20 03:26 CDT

Yesterday I asked for suggestions for topics to write about, and you readers seem to have volcanoes on your minds!

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Off to MarsSed 2010

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/04/17 05:30 CDT

I’m headed off to El Paso Texas tomorrow! Why? Because that’s where the Mars Sedimentology and Stratigraphy workshop is!

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