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Curiosity update: False alarm!

Sols 2143-44, August 16, 2018, update by MSL scientist Brittney Cooper: The planning day began with an interesting result from the previous plan’s ChemCam RMI analysis of a target that was referred to as “Pettegrove Point Foreign Object Debris” (PPFOD), … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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Curiosity update: Taking a closer look at the Stoer sample

Sols 2141-42, August 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ashley Stroupe: In today’s plan, Curiosity begins analysis of the long-awaited Pettegrove Point drill sample at the “Stoer” target, which was successfully collected last week (and I had the pleasure of … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Success at Pettegrove Point!

Sols 2138-40, August 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Catherine O’Connell-Cooper: On our third attempt at drilling within the Pettegrove Point member on the Vera Rubin Ridge, we have success! Curiosity has successfully drilled, and generated a pile of drill … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Successful drilling at Stoer

Sol 2136, August 9, 2018. Must be a case of third-time-lucky — Curiosity’s drill dug into the Pettegrove Point rock at Stoer and produced a respectable pile of tailings around the drill hole. Click the image to enlarge it. (Pre-drill … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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Curiosity update: Try, try, and try again

Sols 2136-37, August 8, 2018, update by MSL scientist Sarah Lamm: After two sols of analyzing our intended drill site in the Pettegrove Point member, we began plans to drill the target “Stoer.” Stoer has had Mastcam images, MAHLI images, … Continue reading

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Bagnold Dunes sand movement observed by Curiosity

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Mariah Baker and nine co-authors recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.] The Bagnold Dunes in Southern Summer: Active Sediment Transport on Mars Observed by the Curiosity Rover •  Curiosity’s imaging campaigns in the Bagnold … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Mastcam scouts the Stoer drill site

Sol 2132, August 5, 2018. Curiosity’s Mastcam (34 mm lens) looked down and documented the proposed drill site, dubbed Stoer, for the third attempt to penetrate the hematite-hardened rock atop Vera Rubin Ridge. Below is another Mastcam composite, one which … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Third time’s a charm?

Sols 2134-35, August 6, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: After a weekend full of contact science, remote science, and driving, Curiosity arrived at her next drill site within the Pettegrove Point member. Our previous two drilling attempts within … Continue reading

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