Tag Archives: Duluth

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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Curiosity update: Another CheMin analysis

Sol 2073, June 5, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The focus of MSL operations continues to be on the analysis of the Duluth drill sample. The latest SAM EGA was scheduled for the evening of Sol 2072, so … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: The great martian bake-off

Sol 2072, June 5, 2018, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: We received confirmation that the “Duluth” drill sample was delivered to SAM this weekend, so we’re ready to run our evolved gas analysis (EGA) tosol! An EGA basically involves … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A very, very, very good day on Mars

Sols 2070-72, June 4, 2018, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Every single day that the Curiosity team gets to go into work and operate a one-ton rover on the surface of Mars is a good day. But last Friday … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Zap goes ChemCam

Sol 2068, May 31, 2018. The Remote Micro-Imager follows and records the ChamCam’s laser-zapping of a target rock (above). Note how each laser shot blows the surface dust away from the resulting pit. At right are the front and rear … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Triple delivery for CheMin

Sols 2068-69, May 31, 2018, update by MSL scientist Claire Newman: We’re looking forward to analyzing some great drill samples from the “Duluth” rock target in Curiosity’s Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument, CheMin. However, previous tests on Mars and the first … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Tis the season to be dusty

Sol 2067, May 30, 2018, update by MSL scientist Claire Newman: The previous plan included some tests of the sample delivery system, including delivery of a single portion to the closed cover of the SAM inlet. The imaging showed a … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Sample drop-off testing

Sols 2063-66, May 25, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Some of the Duluth drill sample was dropped into CheMin on Sol 2061, but not enough for a proper mineralogical analysis. So the top priority for today’s plan is … Continue reading

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