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In late August Curiosity took a set of pictures used to make a panorama of a slope of Mount Sharp. This panorama was released in early September and seems to show petrified sand dunes.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/mars-pa ... sand-dunes

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If any kids are interested in following in Mr. Comeax's (and Curiosity's) footsteps, the 30 June Science Academy session will be "Engineering".

Science Academy is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per session per in-parish Cadet, and six dollars per session per out-of-parish Cadet...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html

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The current global dust storm on Mars is not draining the power of Curiosity. the rover has a nuclear-powered battery, so lack of sunlight is not an issue. Curiosity has acquired very nice "before" and "after" pictures of the Gale Crater landscape.

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NASA Rover on Mars Detects Puff of Gas That Hints at Possibility of Life

The Curiosity mission’s scientists picked up the signal this week, and are seeking additional readings from the red planet.

Mars, it appears, is belching a large amount of a gas that could be a sign of microbes living on the planet today.

In a measurement taken on Wednesday, NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air, a gas that on Earth is usually produced by living things. The data arrived back on Earth on Thursday, and by Friday, scientists working on the mission were excitedly discussing the news, which has not yet been announced by NASA.

“Given this surprising result, we’ve reorganized the weekend to run a follow-up experiment,” Ashwin R. Vasavada, the project scientist for the mission, wrote to the science team in an email that was obtained by The Times.

The mission’s controllers on Earth sent new instructions to the rover on Friday to follow up on the readings, bumping previously planned science work. The results of these observations are expected back on the ground on Monday.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/22/scie ... -life.html
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According to the new NASA-TV schedule, tonight at 6:30pm CDT the half-hour program "Building Curiosity" will air.

As recently as late June, Curiosity has been studying the methane mystery on the Red Planet. An experiment at about that time suggested that Mars periodically releases methane plumes. Methane can be created by microbes, but also by other means.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/curios ... ane-levels

By the way, here's this week's NASA-TV schedule...
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/file ... h_23rd.pdf

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As we gear up to begin viewing the Red Planet during this, the last Great Martian Opposition for over a decade, Curiosity continues its in-person investigations. Here is the machine near the flat-topped hill called Central Butte...
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200126.html

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