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Door 4 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2010

Time to open the fourth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this crater-specked mound?

Fly over Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2010

Adrian Lark has posted several new flights over gorgeous Martian landscapes to his Youtube channel. My favorite of his recent ones is this dive into Zumba crater.

Mars Climate Sounder Watches Mars Weather to Prepare for Curiosity Landing

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

I just posted the following update to the Mars Climate Sounder Team Website. I didn't realize until this message came in to my inbox that it is now one Mars year before Curiosity lands. Tick, tick, tick...

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 2: Reports from Ryan Anderson

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

I left the first day of the Fourth Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site Community Workshop on Monday just as they were getting in to the site-specific presentations. I left with no concern that I'd miss anything, though, because I knew that once he got done presenting his own work on Gale Crater, Cornell grad student Ryan Anderson would be taking notes and blogging the presentations on the other three sites.

Mars Climate Sounder Watches Mars Weather to Prepare for Curiosity Landing

David Kass • September 29, 2010

Two weeks ago Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) started a four-week campaign to support entry, descent, and landing phase for the next Mars rover, Mars Science Laboratory (or "Curiosity").

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 1 notes: Introduction, biosignatures, and mineralogy

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2010

I apologize in advance for the expanse of text, but I hope that some of you will find the details interesting.

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: A review

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2010

Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, about 200 scientists and engineers will sit in an over-air-conditioned room in Monrovia, California to participate in what is officially titled the "Fourth Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site Community Workshop."

Successor to Mars Climate Orbiter will fly aboard ExoMars

Emily Lakdawalla • August 30, 2010

Congratulations to the Mars Climate Sounder team on winning a spot for a successor instrument aboard the next Mars orbiter, the joint NASA-ESA ExoMars, set to launch in 2016.

Bringing MOLA altimetry tracks into Google Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • August 27, 2010

I've had a fun morning of noodling around learning how to write KML files, and have produced one for Google Mars that shows you all of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter tracks that cross the area Opportunity has driven through already, as well as the area of Endeavour crater.

Tracing the Big Picture of Mars' Atmosphere

Bruce Betts • August 26, 2010

One of the instruments on a 2016 mission to orbit Mars will provide daily maps of global, pole-to-pole, vertical distributions of the temperature, dust, water vapor and ice clouds in the Martian atmosphere.

The enigmatic mounds of Acidalia Planitia

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2010

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

Observing the Martian Atmosphere for Two Mars Years

David Kass • July 13, 2010

June 29, 2010 was the second Martian anniversary of the start of Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) observations at Mars.

3D Anaglyph: Troughs or vents in Cerberus Fossae?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 12, 2010

OK, it's time to look silly in your red-blue glasses again! When Tanya Harrison sent me those awesome 3D views of Olympica Fossae from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's CTX camera, she sent me two other sets of 3D landscapes on Mars.

Phoenix is dead...long live Phoenix!

Emily Lakdawalla and Bruce Betts • June 02, 2010

The latest HiRISE images of the Phoenix polar lander, taken near Mars' northern summer solstice, show why we haven't heard from the spacecraft since it fell silent on November 2, 2008: it appears the solar panels have collapsed.

Happy solstice -- on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 13, 2010

It's the solstice on Mars today: summer in the north, winter in the south.

Morphology and mineralogy on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2010

A recent entry by Bethany Ehlmann from the blog of the Planetary Geomorphology Working Group of the International Association of Geomorphologists demonstrates how you can combine the power of different types of data to tease out a rich story of the past history of one spot on Mars.

3D Anaglyph: Weird channels of Olympica Fossae

Emily Lakdawalla • April 26, 2010

Got some 3D glasses handy? Check out this awesome view of a very strange feature on Mars, courtesy of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Context Camera (CTX).

Pretty (strange) picture from HiRISE: Dust flow crater?

Emily Lakdawalla • April 08, 2010

Yesterday was the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE team's latest flood of archived images, 1,025 of them. I skipped forward to page 42 (what other number would I pick?) and started browsing from there.

HiWish fulfilled (or, be careful what you HiWish for)

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2010

Yesterday the Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued a press release announcing the first eight image releases that resulted from HiWish suggestions.

Opportunity at Concepción from orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • March 24, 2010

I saw this image at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference so am happy they released it: a view of Opportunity sitting on the north rim of the little, fresh Concepción crater, taken on sol 2153 (February 13, 2010).

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