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A shift in orbit for Mars Odyssey

Emily Lakdawalla • October 16, 2008

Last week, the Mars Odyssey team announced that their mission is being extended another two years. This mission extension will be slightly different from previous mission phases due to a planned change in the spacecraft's orbit.

MSL Still Aiming for Oct 2009

Ryan Anderson • October 10, 2008

NASA is holding a press conference right now regarding MSL and it sounds like they are going to press on and try to achieve the October 2009 launch date.

Long drives at last for Opportunity (or, getting your kicks on sol 1,666)

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2008

It's been way, way, way too long since the view from either rover's cameras has changed very much. So I hope you'll join me in a shout of "woo hoo!" or perhaps "yippee!" as I show you the latest view from Opportunity, from sol 1,666, as automatically composed in Mike Howard's Midnight Mars Browser software.

Plumbing on Mars: HiRISE Reveals Groundwater Cracks

Ryan Anderson • September 26, 2008

This image from the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter, shows cracks in the rocks on Mars that once formed the underground plumbing through which groundwater traveled.

Opportunity's got a long road ahead

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2008

Mars Exploration Rover principal investigator Steve Squyres announced on National Public Radio's Science Friday show the next goal for Opportunity, and it's a long, long, long way away: a huge crater about 12 kilometers southeast of its current location, which the team is referring to internally as "Endeavour."

MSL Landing Site Selection: The Votes are In!

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

It looks like the top three sites are Eberswalde, Holden and Gale.

MSL Workshop: Votes are Cast!

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

The discussion and arguments are over! We are just waiting for the last few ballots to be submitted, and then the project science group will start counting them.

MSL Workshop Presentations!

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

For those of you playing along at home, I thought I should point out that most of the presentations so far are posted at the "marsoweb" landing site website, so I encourage you to go check them out.

Potential MSL Site: Gale Crater

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

I am sort of breaking my own protocol here by posting about Gale crater before I hear the presentations today, but since we will immediately go into discussion and decision making after it is presented this morning, I figured that it would be good to familiarize you with it now.

Potential MSL Site: Mawrth Vallis

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

The Mawrth Vallis landing site is actually a set of four possible landing ellipses in an area with huge clay mineral signatures that is cut by a meandering outflow channel.

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