Tag Archives: Gale Crater

Curiosity: Rocks and sand rise toward the ridge

Sol 1739, June 28, 2017. Curiosity’s Navcam has captured the ground leading up to Vera Rubin Ridge and also Mt. Sharp rising in the distance behind. The rover is driving eastward, perhaps to go around the sand patch seen at … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: More touch and go on the way to Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 17339-40, June 26, 2017, update by MSL scientists Abigail Fraeman: This past weekend, Curiosity continued to journey east along the contact between the lower portion of Vera Rubin Ridge and the Murray formation with a drive that was a little … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A roving astronomer

Sol 1736-39, June 23, 2017, update by MSL scientists Michael Battalio and Mark Salvatore: Curiosity has presented us with another beautiful workspace following a 16.6 meter drive.  The majority of this week’s activities were focused on imaging Vera Rubin Ridge to … Continue reading

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Curiosity: RMI scopes out part of the ridge

Sol 1734, June 22, 2017. To make a mosaic that measures 10 frames wide by two high, the Curiosity’s Remote Micro-Imager shot 20 frames profiling one part of Vera Rubin Ridge. The mission control directed the rover to drive 16 … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge in Mastcam color

Sol 1732, June 20, 2017. Using its wide-angle (34mm) lens the Mastcam took a composite of the ridge in color. The overhead view from orbit is below, showing Curiosity’s position, sol by sol. (Click either image to enlarge it.) Sol … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Gazing longingly towards Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1734-35, June 21, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Curiosity continues to drive to the east-northeast around two small patches of dunes that are positioned just north of Vera Rubin Ridge. Once beyond this easternmost dune patch, the … Continue reading

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Laser-targeting AI yields more science

Artificial intelligence is changing how we study Mars. A.I. software on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has helped it zap dozens of laser targets on the Red Planet this past year, becoming a frequent science tool when the ground team was … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1732, June 20, 2017. Four Navcam shots detail the skyline of Vera Rubin Ridge. Before taking these images, Curiosity drove more than 13 meters (43 feet) to the east-southeast. Rover drivers are threading a course between sand ripple patches … Continue reading

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HiRISE images Curiosity on its way to the ridge

Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the Curiosity rover this month amid rocky mountainside terrain. The car-size rover, climbing up lower Mount Sharp toward its next destination, appears as … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Marching ahead towards Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1732-33, June 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: As this is my first time contributing to the MSL blog, I’d like to quickly introduce myself to you all. I’m Mark, an MSL Participating Scientist and a faculty … Continue reading

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