Tag Archives: Bagnold Dunes

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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Curiosity: Northern view and ridgeline

Sol 1807, September 5, 2017. Six Navcam frames make a composite looking generally north over the lower slopes of Vera Rubin Ridge, the Murray Buttes, the Bagnold Dunes, and the floor of Gale Crater extending to the rim which is … Continue reading

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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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