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Curiosity update: Monitoring dynamic modern Mars

Sol 2233-35, November 16, 2018, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: It’s the windy season on Mars, and Curiosity’s activities this weekend include taking oodles of images at different times throughout the day to catch how the wind moves sand … Continue reading

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Seeing Mars in a grain of sand

[Ed. note: The following is a guide to two recent special issues of the Journal of Geophysical Research; both collect papers reporting on studies of the Bagnold Dunes in Gale Crater. The guide complements the MSL report posted earlier here.] … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Recapping the Bagnold Dune investigation

[Ed note: Post by MSL scientist Catherine O’Connell-Cooper, University of New Brunswick] As Curiosity continues on her journey up Mount Sharp (the mound in the centre of Gale crater), rocks we encounter contain evidence for changing environmental conditions. The fine-grained … Continue reading

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Bagnold Dunes sand movement observed by Curiosity

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Mariah Baker and nine co-authors recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.] The Bagnold Dunes in Southern Summer: Active Sediment Transport on Mars Observed by the Curiosity Rover •  Curiosity’s imaging campaigns in the Bagnold … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Tis the season to be dusty

Sol 2067, May 30, 2018, update by MSL scientist Claire Newman: The previous plan included some tests of the sample delivery system, including delivery of a single portion to the closed cover of the SAM inlet. The imaging showed a … Continue reading

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Curiosity: At Taconite Crater

Sol 2032, April 25, 2018. This composite of eight Navcam frames looks toward the north and shows, at right center, sand-filled Taconite Crater, a small impact scar. In the distance below the ridge lie the flat-topped Murray Buttes and the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Running the ridge top, looking far

Sol 1986, March 8, 2018. This day saw a 46-meter (150-foot) drive by Curiosity, again in the northeast direction along the top of Vera Rubin Ridge. The composite view above shows the end-of-drive position looking ahead in the same direction. … Continue reading

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Vista by Curiosity looks back over journey so far

A panoramic image that NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover took from a mountainside ridge provides a sweeping vista of key sites visited since the rover’s 2012 landing, and the towering surroundings. The view from “Vera Rubin Ridge” on the north flank … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: How far we’ve come

Sol 1848-49, October 17, 2017, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: Today felt like any other planning day: a straightforward plan involving remote sensing, a drive, post-drive imaging, and some untargeted observations on the second sol. Just a typical day … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Quite a diffracting weekend!

Sol 1831, September 30, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: The science team has been waiting quite a long time for this moment. Back in late March, nearly 180 Mars-days ago and when Curiosity was investigating the last stretches … Continue reading

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