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Curiosity: Onward through the speedbumps

Sol 1705, May 24, 2017. Navcam shows the way through a field of rounded sedimentary rocks like eroded speedbumps. At right, the arrow points to Curiosity’s position on the approach to Vera Rubin Ridge (bottom). Click images to enlarge them. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Rocky road

Sol 1705-06, May 22, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Curiosity is continuing to make progress towards Vera Rubin Ridge along the Mt Sharp ascent route.  We planned two sols today, Sol 1705 and Sol 1706.  On our first … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: An island of science

Sol 1702-04, May 22, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: The rover planners parked us in front of the one slab of outcrop – an island among ripples of sand – we could safely drive to from our Sol 1700 … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Optical depth measurements

Sol 1700-01, May 17, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio: Curiosity continues towards Vera Rubin Ridge with a 48 m drive. GEO decided for the touch-and-go option (instead of lengthening the drive like on Sol 1684) using APXS and MAHLI … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: It’s touch-and-go on the climb to Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1698-99, May 16, 2017, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: The road to Vera Rubin Ridge, a feature believed to be enriched in the mineral hematite, is getting steeper, so we are stopping frequently to study the composition of … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Science frenzy!

Sol 1692, May 9, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: After the drive on Sol 1691, the workspace in front of the rover had plenty of interesting rocks in front of us to keep us busy. Today I served as … 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 update: Sand between our grousers

Sol 1688-90, May 8, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Today was a Friday so we put together a three day plan to cover the weekend activities, or in Mars-speak, sols 1688 – 1690. We’ve been getting some really … 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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Curiosity carries dune-sand sample, as team works on drill-feed problem

As it drives uphill from a band of rippled sand dunes, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is toting a fistful of dark sand for onboard analysis that will complete the rover’s investigation of those dunes. From early February to early April, … Continue reading

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