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Field Report From Mars: Sol 3494 - November 21, 2013

Larry Crumpler • November 22, 2013 • 4

On sol 3485 Opportunity pulled up next to a large outcrop here on the rim of Endeavour crater. The outcrop appears to be impact breccias like those we saw a few sols ago lower down on the ridge. But the texture of the rocks is somewhat different.

Martian Maps: the North Pole

Bill Dunford • November 20, 2013 • 2

The polar plains, charted in unprecedented detail.

SpaceUp LA and the MAVEN Launch on Planetary Radio

• November 15, 2013

Check into the latest Southern California "unconference" for space enthusiasts and professionals, and get ready for live coverage of Monday morning's launch of the Mars orbiter.

Features at both rover field sites on Mars named for Bruce Murray

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2013

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced today that the geologists on both Mars rover teams -- Opportunity and Curiosity -- have named landmarks at their field sites after the late Bruce Murray.

Curiosity Update: A stop at Cooperstown and a warm reset, sols 433-451

Ken Herkenhoff • November 14, 2013

Having racked up several kilometers in the drive to Mount Sharp, Curiosity paused for a second science stop at an outcrop called "Cooperstown." While there, the rover performed a software upgrade and then lost a few days to a software anomaly. The rover has now resumed normal science operations.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 5: Blues for a Red Planet

Casey Dreier • November 12, 2013 • 12

Episode 5 focuses on Mars, the planet that has stubbornly refused to conform to the wishes of humanity for hundreds of years, from Lowell to Sagan. Grab your cosmo and join our discussion of 'Blues for a Red Planet.'

PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: MAVEN Launches for Mars

Mat Kaplan • November 01, 2013 • 2

Host Mat Kaplan will be joined by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts and Emily Lakdawalla for this special live event.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 3467 - October 24, 2013

Larry Crumpler • October 28, 2013 • 1

On sol 3451 Opportunity began its climb of Solander Point. This is the highest “mountain” that Opportunity has tried to climb yet.

Noachian, Hesperian, and Amazonian, oh my! --Mars' Geologic Time Scale

Emily Lakdawalla • October 25, 2013 • 4

The Martian Geologic Time Scale is a lot more complicated than the Moon's.

Curiosity update: Roving through the shutdown toward Waypoint 2, sols 388-432

Ken Herkenhoff • October 23, 2013 • 1

After a brief science stop at Darwin (formerly known as Waypoint 1), Curiosity has driven hundreds of meters toward Mount Sharp. Autumn has come to Curiosity's southern hemisphere location, bringing lower temperatures. That means more power is required to heat rover actuators, leaving less power for science along the drive.

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