Tag Archives: Aeolis Mons

Curiosity update: CheMin drop-off & SAM analysis

Sol 1652, March 29, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Sol 1651 activities executed nominally, so today’s plan is focused on dropping off the fine-grained portion of “Ogunquit Beach” Scoop #1 (now named “OG1”) to CheMin, and SAM analysis … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Scoop #1 at Ogunquit Beach

Sol 1651, March 28, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Sol 1650 activities completed as expected, so it’s time to start scooping.  Today’s plan is focused on acquiring Scoop #1 and dropping off a portion of the sample to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Let the scooping begin!

Sol 1650, March 27, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Over the weekend, Curiosity bumped to our scooping location at “Ogunquit Beach.”  We have a wheel scuff in the left side of our workspace and a sinuous ripple crest … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rocks layered like wafers

Sol 1648, March 26, 2017. The Mastcam’s 34mm lens captured a color view looking southwest from its position at Ogunquit Beach. Most of the rocks scattered across the surface show a finely layered, wafer-like structure. A few also show bright … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Approaching the dune edge

Sol 1647-49, March 24, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The traction control test went well, and MSL drove over 30 meters on Sol 1646.  The rover will be busy this weekend with lots of remote sensing, arm work, … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Edge of Ogunquit Beach

Sol 1646, March 24, 2017. Curiosity drove about 30 meters (100 feet) to the east-northeast. This placed the rover close to the edge of a large sand patch where it can investigate the dune sand and dune ripples at the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Gale Crater & Mt. Sharp in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 24, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of Gale Crater, the home of Curiosity Rover. The rover has driven about 10 miles (16 km) from where it landed and is currently traversing across … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Traction control driving

Sol 1646, March 23, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove a little over 20 meters on Sol 1645, toward the big sand dune to the east that is the subject of a science campaign that will hopefully … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Searching for dust devils

Sol 1645, March 22, 2017, update by atmospheric scientist Michael Battalio and USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The APXS will still be deployed on The Hop early on Sol 1645, and to avoid using battery power to heat up the arm, … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Mastcam looks southeast

Sol 1643, March 21, 2017. The Mastcam (using its 34-mm lens) shot a five-frame composite looking southeast. On the left it catches a few outlier Murray Buttes, then captures layered rocks near and far. Click the image (5 MB) to … Continue reading

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