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Deposition, exhumation, and paleoclimate of an ancient lake deposit, Gale crater, Mars
The observations suggest that individual lakes were stable on the ancient surface of Mars for 100 to 10,000 years, a minimum duration when each lake was stable both thermally (as liquid water) and in terms of mass balance (with inputs effectively matching evaporation and loss of water to colder regions). Expand
Martian Fluvial Conglomerates at Gale Crater
Measurements of the energetic particle radiation environment inside the spacecraft during its cruise to Mars are reported, confirming the hazard likely to be posed by this radiation to astronauts on a future potential trip to Mars. Expand
Vesta’s Shape and Morphology
Dawn observations confirm the large impact basin at Vesta's south pole and reveal evidence for an earlier, underlying large basin (Veneneia), underscoring Vesta’s unique role as a transitional solar system body. Expand
Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars
Higher abundances of chlorinated hydrocarbons in the mudstone compared with Rocknest windblown materials previously analyzed by Curiosity suggest that indigenous martian or meteoritic organic carbon sources may be preserved in the Mudstone; however, the carbon source for the chlorinatedHydrocarbons is not definitively of martian origin. Expand
Exploration of Victoria Crater by the Mars Rover Opportunity
Analysis of rocks in the walls of Victoria reveals that the aqueous alteration processes that operated at Eagle and Endurance also acted at Victoria, and sedimentary layering in the crater walls preserves evidence of ancient windblown dunes. Expand
Dawn completes its mission at 4 Vesta
The Dawn mission was designed to test our hypothesis about the origin and evolution of the early solar system by visiting the largest differentiated basaltic asteroid, 4 Vesta, believed to be aExpand
Overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission: Bradbury Landing to Yellowknife Bay and beyond
The Mars Science Laboratory mission reached Bradbury Landing in August 2012. In its first 500 sols, the rover Curiosity was commissioned and began its investigation of the habitability of past andExpand
Comparing Apollo and Mars Exploration Rover (MER)/phoenix operations paradigms for human exploration during NASA Desert-RATS science operations
Abstract The Desert Research and Technology Studies (D-RATS) field tested two models of human-in-the-loop remote field geology: one based on the Apollo science backroom that integrated tactical andExpand
Large wind ripples on Mars: A record of atmospheric evolution
A reevaluation of the wind-deposited strata in the Burns formation identifies potential wind-drag ripple stratification formed under a thin atmosphere on Mars, and reveals a third stable wind-driven bedform, with meter-scale wavelengths. Expand
Observations and preliminary science results from the first 100 sols of MSL Rover Environmental Monitoring Station ground temperature sensor measurements at Gale Crater
We describe preliminary results from the first 100 sols of ground temperature measurements along the Mars Science Laboratory's traverse from Bradbury Landing to Rocknest in Gale. The groundExpand