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Curiosity update: Studying a bedrock transition

Sol 1940-42, January 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Sol 1939 drive went well, placing MSL next to the bright/dark transition seen at the right side of this image. In order to better understand the textural and … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: It’s all about the details

Sol 1938-39, January 18, 2017, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: Today’s two-sol plan will wrap up activities at Vera Rubin Ridge location “e.” When we assessed the downlink data this morning, we were excited to see that ChemCam did … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Taking a closer look

Sol 1937, January 16, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today we’re continuing our science activities at the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) location “e.” It certainly seems that “e” should stand for “exciting,” as we’ve collected quite a rich … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Science at location “e” of the Vera Rubin Ridge campaign

Sol 1934-36, January 15, 2017, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: What’s in a name? From its rather innocuous sounding informal site name, you might not guess that location “e” would generate such excitement in the science team. The first … Continue reading

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Turbulent winds excavated sediments from Gale Crater, leaving offset mound

By seeing which way the wind blows, a University of Texas at Dallas fluid dynamics expert has helped propose a solution to a Martian mountain mystery. Dr. William Anderson, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School … Continue reading

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Curiosity: The valley beyond the ridge

Sol 1930, January 10, 2018. Curiosity’s Mastcam (34mm lens) shot a series of frames showing the valley that lies beyond Vera Rubin Ridge, above. (This valley has been dubbed informally the Phyllosilicate Trough.) Currently scientists are exploring the features atop … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Image overload!

Sol 1931-33, January 11, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Curiosity has made it to “Region e” of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) campaign. This location is a slight depression with exposed fractured bedrock that appears more “blue” from orbit … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Parked at Region E

Sol 1930, January 10, 2017. Curiosity has driven over to the exposure of fractured bedrock dubbed Stop E or Region E, which appears from orbital imaging to be “bluer” than the average for the ridge rocks. The Navcam composite views … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Aiming for pay dirt

Sol 1929-30, January 8, 2017, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: For the last several weeks, Curiosity has been hopping between areas of bluish toned rocks on the Vera Rubin Ridge and the results from these locations continue to become … Continue reading

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Vera Rubin Ridge walkabout

[From Emily Lakdawalla’s blog at The Planetary Society] When I last left the rover back in September, it had just climbed onto Vera Rubin Ridge. Since then, it has slowly maneuvered southish atop the ridge, encountering colorful rocks. Progress has … Continue reading

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