Tag Archives: Bagnold Dunes

Curiosity update: DAN has been busy

Sol 1661-63, April 8, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Our drive away from the “Ogunquit Beach” sand dune location went well, taking us about 35 meters to the southwest and putting us in a good location to continue … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Time to hit the road again

Sol 1659-60, April 5, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Curiosity has been carrying out a great investigation at Ogunquit Beach, but we’re still working out some issues related to the drill feed, so the decision was made to … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge, in part

Sol 1657, April 4, 2017. With Curiosity parked at Ogunquit Beach, the Remote Micro-Imager’s far-seeing capabilities let mission scientists shoot a 10-frame composite of part of Vera Rubin Ridge (formerly named Hematite Ridge).  This is the next major scientific waypoint … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: April Fool’s Day or Groundhog’s Day?

Sol 1657-58, April 4, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Over the weekend there was a problem with the Deep Space Network that we rely on to transmit commands to Curiosity, so the rover didn’t receive its instructions and … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: MAHLI imaging of OG1 and remote sensing

Sol 1654-56, March 31, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar and atmospheric scientist Michael Battalio: Today’s three-sol plan starts with MAHLI imaging of the first scoop location (OG1).  The first sol also includes Mastcam and MARDI imaging for change … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Targeted science at Ogunquit Beach

Sol 1653, March 30, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar and atmospheric scientist Michael Battalio: Yesterday afternoon the downlink included some results of ongoing drill feed diagnostics that warrant a further look before proceeding with the dune campaign, so … Continue reading

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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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