Journal Highlights

A Rover’s Eye View of Moving Martian Dunes

Editors' Vox—

For the first time, a landed spacecraft has investigated an otherworldly dune field. A new special issue of Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets describes the results of a several-month science investigation at the Bagnold Dunes in Gale crater, using the suite of instruments carried by the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. Though the primary focus of the Curiosity mission is to investigate the ancient sedimentary rocks that likely formed in a lacustrine environment, the Bagnold dunes presented an opportunity to investigate active, modern sedimentary processes on Mars. I asked Bethany Ehlmann, who was one of the lead organizers of the science campaign, some questions about this Martian landscape and the major scientific findings of the mission....more