Curious Mars

Mars: June 2022

The map, to be released in batches over six months, covers the vast majority of the planet, revealing dozens of minerals found on its surface.

For the past year, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has been traveling through a transition zone from a clay-rich region to one filled with a salty mineral called sulfate.

As the power available to NASA's InSight Mars lander diminishes by the day, the spacecraft's team has revised the mission's timeline in order to maximize the science they can conduct.

A region on Mars may have been repeatedly habitable until relatively late in Martian history, says a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Catherine Weitz.

Both water and dry ice have a major role in sculpting Mars' surface at high latitudes. Water ice frozen in the soil splits the ground into polygons.

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera.

Impacts forming craters excavate holes deep into the ground, exposing rocks from far below the present surface.

Long, amazing, Aeolis Serpens "fluvial ridge" intersects a crater rim in this observation.

Context Camera images suggest that sedimentary layers here are organized into bundles of quasi-periodic beds.

This image shows a layered deposit in Galle Crater, located in the southern cratered highlands.

Elorza Crater is an approximately 40-kilometer diameter complex crater located at 304.8 degrees east, 8.76 degrees north, about 300 kilometers north of Coprates Chasma.

Is the sinuous ridge here a "fluvial-ridge," i.e., an inversion of a fluvial sediment deposit?

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission returned to normal science and relay operations on May 28, 2022, after recovering from an extended safe mode event.

The fossae have long been proposed to be very tectonically active. Our goal is to look for new rockfalls that might indicate current seismic shaking.

This feature likely formed by collapse.

During its first couple hundred days in Jezero Crater, NASA's Perseverance Mars rover saw some of the most intense dust activity ever witnessed by a mission sent to the Red Planet's surface.

This image suggestion outlines a contact between gypsum-rich dunes in Olympia Undae and flat-lying layers of the basal (or bottom) unit.