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Date published: April 13, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sol 3088-3089: A Beautiful View from the Top of 'Mont Mercou'

I was on shift as SOWG Chair today, and it was a fun and a straightforward day of planning!

Date published: April 5, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3078-3080: A Sandy Stop Near ‘Mont Mercou’

Curiosity is continuing to make her way around ‘Mont Mercou’ to capture as many angles as possible of the 7-m-tall sedimentary outcrop.

Date published: March 23, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sol 3067: Super-resolution and another SAM analysis

Curiosity is still parked in front of the magnificent Mont Mercou cliff face as we continue to work through analyses of the Nontron drill site.  Over the weekend Curiosity dropped off more samples to SAM, and today we’re planning an additional SAM EGA analysis in addition to other remote sensing activities.


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Year Published: 2021

Airborne dust plumes lofted by dislodged ice blocks at Russell crater, Mars

Linear dune gullies on poleward‐facing Martian slopes are enigmatic. Formation by CO2‐ice block or snow cornice falls has been proposed based on optical imagery of bright, high‐albedo features inside gully channels. Because these features often resemble patchy frost residue rather than three‐dimensional blocks, more evidence is needed to support...

Dinwiddie, Cynthia; Titus, Timothy N.

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Year Published: 2021

The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mast camera zoom (Mastcam-Z) multispectral, stereoscopic imaging investigation

Mastcam-Z is a multispectral, stereoscopic imaging investigation on the Mars 2020 mission’s Perseverance rover. Mastcam-Z consists of a pair of focusable, 4:1 zoomable cameras that provide broadband red/green/blue and narrowband 400-1000 nm color imaging with fields of view from 25.6° × 19.2° (26 mm focal length at 283 ...

Bell, J. F.; Maki, J. N.; Mehall, G. L.; Ravine, M. A.; Caplinger, M. A.; Bailey, Z. J.; Brylow, S.; Schaffner, J. A.; Kinch, K. M.; Madsen, M. B.; Winhold, A.; Hayes, A. G.; Corlies, P.; Tate, C.; Barrington, M.; Cisneros, E.; Jensen, E.; Parise, Katy L.; Crawford, Kelon; Rojas, C.; Mehall, L.; Joseph, J.; Proton, J. B.; Cluff, N.; Deen, R. G.; Betts, B.; Cloutis, Edward A.; Coates, A. J.; Colaprete, Anthony; Edgett, K. S.; Ehlmann, B. L.; Fagents, Sarah A.; Grotzinger, J. P.; Hardgrove, C.; Herkenhoff, Kenneth E.; Horgan, Briony H. N.; Jaumann, R.; Johnson, J. R.; Lemmon, M. T.; Paar, G.; Caballo-Perucha, M; Gupta, S.; Traxler, C; Preusker, F.; Rice, M. S.; Robinson, M. S.; Schmitz, N.; Sullivan, R.; Wolff, M. J.

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Year Published: 2021

Exposure of an early to middle Noachian valley network in three dimensions on Mars

We document a set of channels in a section of the Martian cratered highlands located between crustal massifs northeast of Hellas Planitia that are visible in cross section and planview >200 m below the surface. The morphometry and spatial distribution of the outcrops provide concrete geological evidence of a dynamic aqueous system in a...

Skinner, James A.; Fortezzo, Corey M.; Mouginis-Mark, Peter J.