Tag Archives: Gale Crater

Curiosity update: Booking it through Biwabik

Sols 2029-31, April 20, 2018, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Curiosity drove a whopping ~85 m to the northwest in the sol 2027 plan. Besides being long, this drive was remarkable because it marked a shift in Curiosity’s strategic … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A change of season

Sols 2027-28, April 20, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: This was a week of transition for Curiosity’s environmental science team. The cloudy season on Mars has ended as we’ve seen a marked decrease in water ice cloud activity … Continue reading

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Mud cracks help reveal the shape of water on Mars

As Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet’s watery past comes into clearer focus. In early 2017 scientists announced the discovery of possible desiccation cracks in Gale Crater, which was filled by lakes 3.5 billion years ago. Now, a … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking at Suilven Ripple

Sol 2023, April 15, 2018. Curiosity is examining the Suilven sand ripple using the Mastcam 34mm lens to shoot a composite of the dune structure. Below, the Navcam’s view of what lies to the south, with the ripple at bottom … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: From float rocks to Suilven Ripple

Sols 2025-26, April 16, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Over the weekend Curiosity completed a 13 meter drive from some interesting float rocks including some potential breccias (see accompanying MAHLI image) to “Suilven Ripple”, a sand ripple where … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Waternish extravaganza

Sols 2022-24, April 14, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Sol 2020 drive completed successfully, placing the vehicle in a good position for contact science on the Waternish conglomerate. To sample the diversity of clasts in Waternish, the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Leaving Bressay

Sols 2020-21, April 12, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The top science priority for this plan is to acquire all of the data needed to adequately characterize the rocks at the current location before driving away. So the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: The workspace that just keeps giving

Sol 2019, April 11, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: For the past few sols Curiosity has been exploring a diverse assemblage of cobbles and boulders on Vera Rubin Ridge, trying to understand how this blocky deposit came to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Rock garden

Sol 2018, April 9, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: An eclectic mix of rock targets has kept our team’s attention for another sol today. The sheer number of possible science investigations led us to initially oversubscribing our science … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Rover in a candy store

Sols 2015-17, April 6, 2018, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Like Harry Potter in Honeydukes or Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, Curiosity rolled up to the proverbial candy store today, wondering “where to begin?!” The variety of rock types … Continue reading

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