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

Emily Lakdawalla • February 03, 2017

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.

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

Kevin Gill • January 25, 2017 • 6

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

Amazing photos of tiny moons as Cassini orbits among the rings

Emily Lakdawalla • January 19, 2017 • 6

Behold: Daphnis, the tiny, 8-kilometer moon that orbits within a ring gap, gently tugging on the edges of the gap to create delicate scallops.

Saturn's Ring Particles

Judy Schmidt • January 05, 2017 • 2

Artist and astrophotographer Judy Schmidt brings us a view from within the rings of Saturn.

Winter Solstice: A look at the solar system's north poles

Emily Lakdawalla • December 21, 2016 • 2

Today is the solstice, the longest winter night at Earth's north pole, the longest day of summer in the south. To give a little light to northerners in darkness today, please enjoy this gallery of images of (mostly) sunlit north poles across our solar system.

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter takes in a rarely-imaged view of Phobos

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2016 • 2

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter's science team enjoyed the opportunity in November to test out their science instruments on Mars. One of the tests involved imaging Phobos from an unusual angle.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: The Space Between

Adam Block • November 25, 2016 • 1

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his beautiful photos showcasing interstellar phenomena.

Schiaparelli investigation update; crash site in color from HiRISE

Emily Lakdawalla • November 23, 2016 • 11

ESA issued an update on the Schiaparelli landing investigation today, identifying a problem reading from an inertial measurement unit as the proximate cause of the crash. Meanwhile, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is operating its science instruments for the first time this week, and HiRISE has released calibrated versions of the Schiaparelli crash site images.

A week in the solar system

Jason Davis • November 10, 2016 • 1

A roundup of pretty pictures and news from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system, from November 4 through 8.

Great whirling Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2016 • 1

Damian Peach's marvelous Jupiter photography, endlessly rotating in GIF form.

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