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Curiosity update: Onward to Ogunquit Beach

Sol 1639, March 16, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Planning was challenging this morning because of some network issues at JPL, but the team figured out how to work around the problem and still managed to put together … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Busy day for MAHLI

Sol 1638, March 15, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Today we are continuing our investigation of Stop #3 of the Bagnold Dune campaign. We start off with some MAHLI images of the APXS targets “Ripogenus” and “Spragueville” from … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Stop 3

Sol 1637, March 14, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Yesterday’s short drive was successful, so we started today with the rover parked at stop #3 of the dune campaign and the rover’s arm up in the “ready out” … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Surroundings, near and far

Sol 1636, March 14, 2017. On a sol with a short (15-foot) drive to the west-southwest, the rover’s Navcam took composite pans to the northwest (above) and southeast (below). Just before the drive, the Remote Micro-Imager profiled part of Mt. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Another early morning

Sol 1636, March 13, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Thankfully I wasn’t actually on duty today, because with daylight savings time Arizona is now on West-coast time, and planning started at 6:30am! In any case, the weekend plan … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Narrow path through the sands

Sol 1635, March 13, 2017. Another 27-meter (88-foot) drive to the south has placed Curiosity adjacent to a large stretch of sand (right). But ahead lies a route where it can get across the Bagnold sands by rolling over rocks … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Back to nominal MAHLI planning

Sol 1634-35, March 10, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove about 29 meters toward the south on Sol 1632, and is in a good position for weekend activities.  The MAHLI images taken on Sol 1632 look good, … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Swirling sands

Sol 1632, March 10, 2017. Following a 27-meter (88-foot) drive, Curiosity paused amid the sea of rocks and sand. The nearby sand surface has been shaped by wind-blown particles into complex patterns as they swirl around the rocks. In places, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Contact science on ‘Spring Point’

Sol 1632-33, March 7, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The MSL rover drove a little over 40 meters on Sol 1630, to a place with bedrock blocks surrounded by dark sand.  There’s a bright block with parallel linear … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Early morning planning

Sol 1630-31, March 7, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: We had an early-morning (6 AM on the west coast!) start to planning today, which was a bit painful but with the help of lots of caffeine we put … Continue reading

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