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Curiosity Update, Sols 2313-2387: Two New Drill Holes Despite Memory Problems

The Curiosity team is touring Glen Torridon, the Valley of Clay, south of Vera Rubin Ridge, happily photographing everything and zapping rocks. It’s clearly a delight for the team to be in a place they’ve been hoping to reach for 7 years.

Meet MMX, Japan's sample return mission to Phobos

NASA is providing an instrument for the mission, which will try to uncover the origins of Phobos and Deimos.

Moon Monday: Deimos

Digging into the Viking archives to produce a new old composite of Mars' smaller moon.

Fun with a new image data set: Mars Orbiter Mission's Mars Colour Camera

It's always a delight to sink my teeth into a new data set, and I have spent this week playing with one I've been anticipating for a long time: ISRO's Mars Orbiter's Mars Colour Camera, or MCC. MCC is unique among current Mars cameras in its ability to get color, print-quality, wide-angle, regional views of Mars.

Lockheed Proposes to have Humans Orbiting Mars by 2028

Lockheed Martin proposed a system to send humans to orbit Mars in the year 2028—a concept that shares many core values with The Planetary Society's report, Humans Orbiting Mars, we released last year.

MERLIN: The Creative Choices Behind a Proposal to Explore the Martian Moons

Van Kane presents one of the three missions from the latest round of NASA Discovery proposals with the goal of exploring Mars' moons.

Mars Orbiter Mission images Mars' moons, including the far side of Deimos

Today I'm excited to show you some previously unreleased images from Mars Orbiter Mission, containing Mars' moons Phobos and Deimos.

DPS 2013: The fascination of tiny worlds

In which I summarize Joe Veverka's Kuiper Prize talk at the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting:

Super cool Phobos and Deimos animations from Mars Express

I've been delving in to the Mars Express image archive this week, checking out its images of Phobos, and found a couple of really cool time-series of images to assemble into animations.

More fancy Phobos and Deimos photography by Curiosity

Curiosity looked up after dark and captured more cool photos of Mars' moons. They include Phobos and Deimos passing in the night, and Phobos entering Mars' shadow.

Movie of Phobos and Deimos from Curiosity: super cool and scientifically useful

Yesterday, the Curiosity mission released the video whose potential I got so excited about a couple of weeks ago: the view, from Curiosity, of Phobos transiting Deimos in the Martian sky. In this post, Mark Lemmon answers a bunch of my questions about why they photograph Phobos and Deimos from rovers.

Curiosity is copying Cassini's tricks!

Take a look at this amazing photo, captured by Curiosity from the surface of Mars on sol 351 (August 1, 2013). It is unmistakably Phobos.

Curiosity catches sunspots along with Phobos and Deimos transits

Curiosity has been shooting photos of the Sun as Phobos and Deimos cross its face, and -- as far as I can tell -- captured sunspots as well.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Finds Thrill of Newberries on Matijevic Hill

On reconnaissance of Matijevic Hill, Opportunity has driven right into another Martian mystery, compete with new kinds of “berries,

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 23: Deimos

Mars' moon Deimos never gets as much love as Phobos.

Awesome Mars Express view of Phobos and Deimos together

My inbox was exploding this morning with messages about a tremendously cool animation released this morning by ESA's Mars Express team. It shows Phobos crossing Deimos, in what's known as a

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