Mars

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Too small for a golf ball: What’s that on Mars?

Too small for a golf ball: What’s that on Mars?

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS How did these Martian rocks form? As the robotic Curiosity rover has approached Pahrump Hills on Mars, it has seen an interesting and textured landscape dotted by some unusual rocks. The featured image shows a curiously round rock spanning about two centimeters across. Seemingly a […]

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Four red ‘blood moons’ starting next week seen as beginning of the ‘End’, second coming

Four red ‘blood moons’ starting next week seen as beginning of the ‘End’, second coming

Mars, Earth, and the Sun [were to have aligned last night], a rare ‘opposition of the planets’ that only happens once every 778 days. But what makes this so remarkable is that it comes precisely a week before everyone on earth will see the first of FOUR dark red ‘blood moons’, an extraordinary event some […]

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Martian life in hole? Missile silo?

Martian life in hole? Missile silo?

What created this unusual hole in Mars? The hole was discovered by chance in 2011 on images of the dusty slopes of Mars’ Pavonis Mons volcano taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars.   The hole appears to be an opening to an underground cavern, partly illuminated on […]

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A sunset on Mars: Slightly different

A sunset on Mars: Slightly different

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Texas A&M, Cornell, JPL, NASA] What would it be like to see a sunset on Mars? To help find out, the robotic rover Spirit was deployed in 2005 to park and watch the Sun dip serenely below the distant lip of Gusev crater. … Fine […]

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Curiosity’s road trip on Mars

Curiosity’s road trip on Mars

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION /  NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS; Digital processing: Damia Bouic] Landing in mid-2012, the Curiosity rover is searching for clues of whether life could ever have existed on the red planet [and has found] evidence for an ancient (but now dried) freshwater lake…. To continue its investigation, the car-sized rover is […]

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Seen from Mars, Earth and the moon are two bright ‘evening stars’

Seen from Mars, Earth and the moon are two bright ‘evening stars’

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet — a striking image that shows our home planet as a bright light in the Martian sky, with the moon shining nearby. The rover apparently watched the Martian sunset, then photographed Earth in the night sky […]

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Who, or what, dropped that jelly donut on Mars?

Who, or what, dropped that jelly donut on Mars?

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Cornell, JPL, NASA] What if a rock that looked like a jelly donut suddenly appeared on Mars? That’s just what happened in front of the robotic Opportunity rover currently exploring the red planet. The unexpectedly placed rock, pictured above, was imaged recently by Opportunity after […]

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Curious objects on Mars spotted by Curiosity

Curious objects on Mars spotted by Curiosity

Like many people, sometimes when I’m bored, I like to download some pics from the Curiosity mission and look them over. First thing I want to say is that I’m not one of those people that finds something in every picture I look at. I’ve looked over hundreds of pictures from Mars and in 98 […]

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Meanwhile, out of Curiosity, from Mars

Meanwhile, out of Curiosity, from Mars

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION  /  NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS, MAHLI] What’s in this smooth soil on Mars? In late October, NASA’s robotic Curiosity rover stopped near a place dubbed Rocknest as it continues to explore Gale Crater on Mars. Rocknest is the group of stones seen near the top left of the above image […]

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Curiosity’s road trip to Glenelg, Mars

Curiosity’s road trip to Glenelg, Mars

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] Curiosity is on the move across Mars — but where is it going? The car-sized rover’s path after 29 Martian days on the surface is shown on the above map. Curiosity is still almost 300 meters from its first major destination, though, a meeting of different types of terrain […]