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Curiosity update: Stepping up to the edge

Sols 2306-07, January 30, 2019, update by MSL engineer Ashley Stroupe: In today’s plan, Curiosity is venturing further into the clay unit territory. Prior to departure, we’ll be looking at several targets with Mastcam color and ChemCam to try to … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Scoping Greenheugh

Sol 2304, January 29, 2019. Curiosity used its Remote Micro-Imager to scope out a distant butte dubbed Greenheugh. Note the layers of sedimentary rocks. Click the image to enlarge it. Sol 2304 raw images (from all cameras).

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Curiosity update: In the clay unit

Sols 2304-05, January 29, 2019, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: Today’s plan found Curiosity solidly in new territory and the view couldn’t be more different than the patchy bedrock of the Vera Rubin Ridge. The workspace for the next … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Farewell to Vera Rubin Ridge

NASA’s Curiosity rover has taken its last selfie on Vera Rubin Ridge and descended toward a clay region of Mount Sharp. The twisting ridge on Mars has been the rover’s home for more than a year, providing scientists with new … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Looking forward to the clay-bearing unit

Sols 2301-03, January 28, 2019, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson: This weekend’s plan started off on Sol 2301 with some Mastcam atmospheric observations, followed by ChemCam analysis of “Loch Ness” and “Loch Skeen,” examples of brown and gray bedrock. … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Charting a path forward

Sol 2302, January 27, 2019. Curiosity’s Navcam shot a new composite of the scenery ahead, after a sequence of drives totaling a little over 27 meters (88 feet). Click the image to enlarge it. Sol 2302 raw images (from all … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Clay-bearing viewpoint

Sol 2299, January 24, 2019. Using its wide-angle (34mm) camera, Curiosity’s Mastcam shot a five-frame view overlooking the reverse slope of Vera Rubin Ridge (foreground and top left). Mission scientists and engineers are planning to drive Curiosity down off the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Beam me up Scotty!

Sol 2300, January 24, 2019, update by MSL scientist Lucy Thompson: Curiosity is on the brink of descending down off the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) onto the clay-bearing unit. We are hoping to ‘beam up’ lots of interesting new data … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Melrose Place

Sol 2299, January 23, 2019, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: Curiosity is continuing the first phase of its journey to the “clay-bearing unit,” the low elevation portion in the middle distance of this Navcam image with a series of … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Commencement of the Clay- Bearing Unit campaign

Sol 2298, January 22, 2019, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Curiosity has moved for the first time since December 13, 2018. More importantly, Curiosity is moving to a new geological unit that we have so far called the “Clay-Bearing … Continue reading

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