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No April Fool’s result

The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished by a camera at the Red Planet. In addition, the spacecraft…


Storm after storm after storm on Mars

Mars is no fun house, with all those storms. Well, OTOH, with such a thin atmosphere you’re likely to withstand the storm with ease. Breeze. Doh. This movie clip shows a global map of Mars…


A heartfelt (late) valentine

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) team sends St. Valentine’s Day greetings from Mars! This image of a heart-shaped mesa with a crater at the center was taken by the CTX camera on…


See Curiosity drill

Curiosity’s Mars Handlens Imager (MAHLI) instrument was used to take a four-frame self-portrait while the rover drilled holes in a target called “Windjana” in April and May 2014. Before the drill activity, about 70 images…