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Curiosity: Progress toward resumed drilling

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity’s sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars. The five-year-old mission is still several months from the soonest possible resumption of drilling into Martian … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Feeding SAM some sand

Sol 1852, October 20, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove over 20 meters on Sol 1850, to an area with lots of bedrock exposed. We had several nice targets to choose from, but were limited in what … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A change of scenery

Sol 1850-51, October 18, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Since the start of our investigation of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR, a narrow and winding ridge that exhibits signs of oxidized iron phases from orbit), we’ve been primarily … Continue reading

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Take a walk on Mars — from home

When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape. Starting today, everyone can get a taste of what that feels like. NASA’s Jet … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: How far we’ve come

Sol 1848-49, October 17, 2017, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: Today felt like any other planning day: a straightforward plan involving remote sensing, a drive, post-drive imaging, and some untargeted observations on the second sol. Just a typical day … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Winter is coming

Sol 1843-44, October 16, 2017, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: The seasons on Mars are long, and even though Curiosity is near the equator, the change in weather between the seasons is noticeable and winter is coming to Gale … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Quite a diffracting weekend!

Sol 1831, September 30, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: The science team has been waiting quite a long time for this moment. Back in late March, nearly 180 Mars-days ago and when Curiosity was investigating the last stretches … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: We’ve got the power

Sol 1830, September 29, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio: With apologies to Montgomery Scott, “we do not have the power…,” but we will, as today was about keeping our state of charge up in preparation for possible CheMin … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Going up….

Sol 1829, September 28, 2017. Leaving Bar Harbor quadrangle and entering Kuruman quad, Curiosity is driving steadily up the stepped layers on top of Vera Rubin Ridge. The Navcam composite above looks south toward Mt. Sharp and the path ahead, … Continue reading

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Curiosity updates: Hello Kuruman!

Sol 1829, September 27, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: As was predicted in yesterday’s blog, we have officially left the “Bar Harbor” quadrangle and are now into the “Kuruman” quadrangle. This quadrangle is named after a charming town … Continue reading

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