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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’s latest … Continue reading

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Curiosity: At Jellison Cove

Sol 1671, April 19, 2017. After a short drive, Curiosity stands on a large rock outcrop dubbed Jellison Cove. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1671 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity update: Diving into (analysis of) Moosehead Lake

Sol 1668-70, April 14, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson and Michael Battalio: Our latest drive put us in position in front of the interesting “Moosehead Lake” outcrop with lots of veins and grey patches: plenty to keep Curiosity … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Bumpy path ahead

Sol 1666, April 13, 2017. Following a 9-meter (30-foot) drive, Curiosity reached a point where five Navcam frames show a rock-strewn path ahead, as it threads its way south between sand patches. At right, an RMI composite on a rock … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Moosehead Lake

Sol 1666-67, April 12, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Sol 1664 drive was halted after the rover had driven less than 2 meters because the angle of the left bogie slightly exceeded the suspension limit. Such limits … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Hazcam views, fore and aft

Sol 1665, April 12, 2017. A bright day in Gale Crater on Mars, and Curiosity stands partway across its rock-and-sand path toward Vera Rubin Ridge and eventually Mt. Sharp. At top right is the view from the front Hazcam, while … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Heading southward

Sol 1664, April 11, 2017. Curiosity’s Navcam shows the ground ahead to the south: sand patches and lots of relatively flat and thinly layered rocks. The challenge for rover drivers is to ease Curiosity’s way forward to keep the wear … Continue reading

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