Tag Archives: Bagnold Dunes

Curiosity update: Marching ahead towards Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1732-33, June 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: As this is my first time contributing to the MSL blog, I’d like to quickly introduce myself to you all. I’m Mark, an MSL Participating Scientist and a faculty … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Northwest by north

Sol 1690, May 8, 2017. As Curiosity continues southeast toward Vera Rubin Ridge, it is slowly but surely climbing. A look behind the rover with the Navcam shows, beyond the Murray Formation slabs and rocks which Curiosity is currently driving … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Profiling Amphitheater Valley

Sol 1688, May 6, 2017. Using its 100-mm lens, the Mastcam shot a 14-frame profile of finely layered outcrops making up the target Amphitheater Valley. While the outcrop is not continuous, in several places cross-bedding appears within the layers, suggesting … Continue reading

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Curiosity carries dune-sand sample, as team works on drill-feed problem

As it drives uphill from a band of rippled sand dunes, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is toting a fistful of dark sand for onboard analysis that will complete the rover’s investigation of those dunes. From early February to early April, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Mega-science at a megaripple!

Sol 1687, May 5, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: The rover planners executed another great drive to park us in front of a megaripple in order to study its physical and chemical characteristics, which we can compare and … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Among megaripples

Sol 1686, May 4, 2017. Curiosity’s drive toward Vera Rubin Ridge is encountering locations where sand has collected into large ripples. Here we see that the rover rolled a foot or two onto a ripple then rolled back, perhaps as … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: March to the megaripples

Sol 1686, May 3, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio: Continuing the steady march up Mt. Sharp, Curiosity drove 18.3 m to bring us closer to a series of features being called megaripples, which are darker and larger ripples … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Touch and go or just go?

Sol 1684, May 2, 2017, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: Today was a day of tradeoffs. Should Curiosity focus on driving to get to a higher priority target sooner, or conduct contact science at the current location? Ultimately the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rough pavement ahead

Sol 1678, April 26, 2017. Curiosity has crossed the Bagnold Dune Field and is heading for Vera Rubin Ridge (formerly Hematite Ridge). As a result, the path ahead, as shown in the Navcam composite above, lies across slabby rocks with … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Working southward

Sol 1673, April 21, 2017. As Curiosity continues driving southward (today: 19 meters, 62 feet), the path is gradually becoming more rocky and less sandy. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1673 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity‚Äôs latest … Continue reading

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