Tag Archives: Curiosity

Curiosity: MAHLI checks out thin layers on Duluth

Sol 2082, June 15, 2018. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) swooped in close to Duluth’s top surface for a good look at its flake-like layers. Above is a two-frame MAHLI composite image, while at right, the Mastcam shows the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: New MAHLI selfie

Sol 2082, June 14, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The investigation of the Duluth drill hole is going well, and is expected to continue on Sol 2082. First, MAHLI will take a picture of the drill tailings to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Just a bunch of dirt’

Sol 2081, June 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: The final several sols of Curiosity’s drill activities at “Duluth” are devoted mostly to imaging and to analysis of the pile of drill tailings that are dumped on the … Continue reading

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Four NASA spacecraft tackle dust-storm science

One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA’s Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Communication back to normal

[NB: This update involves Curiosity, not Opportunity] Sol 2080, June 12, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: On Earth we have multiple means of communication – cell phone, text messages, land line, e-mail, and good old snail mail. On … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Dust storm going global, rover likely in deep-sleep for weeks until skies clear

[Ed. note: Video replay of the briefing here, and a new NASA web page, Mars Storm Watch, here.] NASA scientists reported today that dust in the skies over Opportunity is thicker than ever seen before from the surface, and the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Quick change artist

Sol 2079, June 11, 2018, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Over the weekend, an error cropped up during a regular test of the high gain antenna actuators, leaving the antenna unavailable for uplink of today’s plan, but otherwise healthy. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dust on the horizon

Sol 2076-78, June 8, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today we planned a weekend’s worth of activities for Curiosity. For our weekend plan, we have two main priorities: perform another analysis with CheMin on our Duluth drill sample … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: It’s a SAMple party!

Sol 2075, June 7, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today, Sol 2075, was a fairly straightforward day of planning, as most of the plan will be devoted to carrying out a methane experiment with our SAM instrument to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: And the crowd went wild

Sol 2074, June 6, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: Today we received the happy news that the SAM instrument received enough sample to conduct its “evolved gas” analysis of the powdered rock from our “Duluth” drill hole! This … Continue reading

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