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Curiosity: Topping out on the ridge

Sol 1809, September 7, 2017. With an upslope drive of 8.7 meters (29 feet), Curiosity is on the verge of topping out on Vera Rubin Ridge. The bluff named Pettegrove Point lies on the left, Mt. Sharp rises in the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Northern view and ridgeline

Sol 1807, September 5, 2017. Six Navcam frames make a composite looking generally north over the lower slopes of Vera Rubin Ridge, the Murray Buttes, the Bagnold Dunes, and the floor of Gale Crater extending to the rim which is … Continue reading

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Curiosity’s balky drill: The problem and solutions

[From Emily Lakdawalla’s blog at The Planetary Society] Curiosity is heavier, more capable, and more expensive than its rover predecessors in order that it can acquire samples of Martian materials and deliver them to two sophisticated laboratory instruments inside the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Thread of Life Ledge’ at elevation –4202 meters

Sol 1809, Setpember 6, 2017, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Curiosity is on the steepest part of Vera Rubin Ridge that it will encounter along its climb. The machine is performing superbly, having driven a 28 meter distance yestersol … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Widening vista

Sol 1807, September 5, 2017. As Curiosity slowly climbs the layered rocks on the slope of Vera Rubin Ridge, the Navcam view widens, even as the lower part of Mt. Sharp disappears behind the bluff dubbed Pettegrove Point. Click image … Continue reading

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Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability

Boron compounds play role in stabilizing sugars needed to make RNA, a key to life. The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet, according to a paper published … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: No rest for the weary

Sol 1805-08, Setpember 5, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Perhaps this long Labor Day weekend, you will find yourself on a hike that ends with a particularly steep stretch. On such a steep trail, you will simply want … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ridgeline

Sol 1805, September 3, 2017. The Mast Camera, in 34mm mode, shot a composite of the Vera Rubin ridgeline in front of Curiosity as the rover drove upward within a small embayment in the ridge. Click image to enlarge it. … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Mt. Sharp and Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1803, September 1, 2017. Top of the ridge not far away; two Navcam frames, click to enlarge it. Sol 1803 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity: The road upward

Sol 1802, August 31, 2017. Mission controllers have apparently chosen a route to the top of Vera Rubin Ridge, and the rover is on its way. In addition to doing science on the rock layers, a path across exposures of … Continue reading

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