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A new HiRISE view of Opportunity (sol 3361)

Emily Lakdawalla • July 17, 2013

The HiRISE camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has snapped a lovely color photo of the rim of Endeavour crater, catching Opportunity midway between Nobby's Head and Solander Point.

Dunes on Tatooine

Ralph Lorenz • July 17, 2013

The fictional world Tatooine, scene of action in the Star Wars movies, is named after a town in Tunisia, where parts of the movies were filmed. The desert backdrops against which the movies were filmed are real terrestrial landscapes, which prove to be perhaps unexpectedly dynamic.

The Ice Pits of Mars

Bill Dunford • July 07, 2013 • 9

The south polar cap of Mars is riddled with strange landscapes.

Enormously detailed photo of Kasei Valles from Mars Express

Emily Lakdawalla • June 19, 2013 • 7

ESA celebrated the tenth anniversary of Mars Express' launch with a several-day science meeting during which they issued lots of press releases and numerous spectacular photos. My favorite of them all is this enormous image of Kasei Valles on Mars.

Many More Colors than Red: Exploring Mars with Spectroscopy

Bill Dunford • May 20, 2013 • 6

Mars gives up its secrets through the unseen colors of its rocks.

No Place Like Home

Bill Dunford • April 21, 2013 • 6

Mars and Earth share a truly striking family resemblance, but there's no mistaking which one is home.

Russia's Mars 3 lander maybe found by Russian amateurs

Emily Lakdawalla • April 12, 2013 • 4

Виталий Егоров (Vitaliy Egorov) is a Russian space enthusiast who enlisted help of fellow enthusiasts to search for -- and maybe find -- the Russian Mars 3 hardware on the Martian surface. Here he explains how he did it.

One Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • April 08, 2013 • 4

Dispatches from five different worlds--all sent by robotic spacecraft on the same day.

LPSC 2013: watery Martian minerals

Emily Lakdawalla • March 28, 2013 • 3

Some interesting results from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference on clay minerals on Mars and what they might mean about ancient water.

A new rover self-portrait and a new color image of Curiosity from orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2013 • 7

Curiosity is inching her way through her first use of the drill on a Martian rock. She paused in the proceedings to capture a second Martian "selfie."

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