Tag Archives: Bagnold Dunes

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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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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Curiosity update: Staying put

Sol 1644, March 21, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Sol 1644 plan focuses on arm activities, because the volume of data expected to be relayed via the MRO and Mars Odyssey orbiters in time for planning tomorrow … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Threading between the sand traps

Sol 1642, March 20, 2017. Four Navcam frames capture Mt. Sharp rising above the rocky path leading south towards it, threading between the sand traps along the way. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1642 raw images (from all cameras), … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rocky path ahead

Sol 1639, March 17, 2017. While Curiosity is studying rocks and sand immediately in front of it, rover drivers are planning a path southward toward Mt. Sharp. Sand lies everywhere, but so do rocks which will help prevent Curiosity from … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Onward to Ogunquit Beach

Sol 1639, March 16, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Planning was challenging this morning because of some network issues at JPL, but the team figured out how to work around the problem and still managed to put together … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Busy day for MAHLI

Sol 1638, March 15, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Today we are continuing our investigation of Stop #3 of the Bagnold Dune campaign. We start off with some MAHLI images of the APXS targets “Ripogenus” and “Spragueville” from … Continue reading

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