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History of Mars’ water, seen through the lens of Gale Crater

The surface of Mars today is cold, dry, and inhospitable to life. But was it always so? Past research indicates that the Red Planet may have been a very different world more than 3 billion years ago, with warmer weather, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: From Biwabik back to Torridon

Sol 2013, April 4, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Factoids: Mars is the only known planet inhabited exclusively by active robots. It has been this way for over fourteen Earth years, with a cumulative total of twenty-six Earth … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Moving on

Sol 2012, April 4, 2018, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: After failing to pass SRAP (the process that makes sure the rover is safe to use its arm) on the previous sol (see Sol 2011 for details), we finished … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Take only pictures, leave only wheel tracks

Sol 2011, April 2, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson: After the weekend drive, the rover ended up in a spot that was a little too unstable to pass the Slip Risk Assessment Process (SRAP). That means that there … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Exploring variations in composition, texture, and color

Sols 2008-10, March 30, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: Yesterday Curiosity drove 35 m to the southeast, which set us up for some great contact science on the rim of a small impact crater. We’re working our way … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Today is a Shetland day!

Sol 2007, March 29, 2018, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: The science team today had a few tough decisions to make to balance time and power. The three activities that must be balanced were arm activities (including high-resolution imaging … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rolling ridge rocks

Sol 2007, March 30, 2018. After a drive of nearly 32 meters (105 feet) to the southeast, Curiosity halted, and the Navcam took the usual end-of-drive view. The surface of Vera Rubin Ridge shows a distinctly rolling terrain ahead. Click … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Three (martian) years on the surface!

Sol 2006, March 28, 2018, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: As of ~9:00pm Pacific Daylight Time this evening, Curiosity will have made three revolutions around the Sun while exploring Gale crater. Quite a feat, considering Curiosity’s primary mission was … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Squarely in the red

Sol 2005, March 28, 2018, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: After completing a nearly 55m drive, Curiosity found itself sitting right in the middle of the strongest spectral detection of hematite identified along its path up Mt. Sharp. This … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Southern exposure

Sol 2004, March 27, 2018. Five Navcam frames provide a southern view, after Curiosity drove 54 meters (177 feet) to the northeast. Click the image to enlarge it. Sol 2004 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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