Tag Archives: Gale Crater

Curiosity update: Reality and fantasy collide

Sol 1824-26, September 22, 2017, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: At times, it seems like fantasy that we have a nuclear-powered car exploring Mars and that I get to help that exploration, including today as the Science Operations Working … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: “Will you come with me, sweet Reader?”

Sol 1822, September 21, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Curiosity continues her traverse across the lowermost portions of Vera Rubin Ridge, where she continues to investigate the interesting rock textures and colors ahead. Our current location is quite … Continue reading

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Mars Express: Rover craters

In the week of 18 September 2017, the low-resolution webcam on ESA’s Mars Express captured some impressive images from between 3000 km to 5000 km altitude. The image series is being used to calibrate the camera now that it has … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Higher levels ahead

Sol 1822, September 21, 2017. Mission controllers have driven Curiosity about 40 meters (82 feet) drive to the south-southeast. As the Navcam looks ahead, upper surface of Vera Rubin Ridge is revealing stepped layers not far away. These are visible … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Onward and upward!

Sol 1822, September 21, 2017, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: On Sol 1821, Curiosity successfully completed contact science activities at “Pennessewassee” and “Passadumkeag”. Perhaps in an effort to get to more easily pronounceable rock targets, today’s tactical team planned … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Nose on the pavement

Sol 1821, September 20, 2017. Curiosity continues its exploration of the bare rock “pavement” on top of Vera Rubin Ridge, as seen in the front and rear Hazcams. (The rear image is speckly with noise.) Click either image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Heading for half a million laser shots

Sol 1821, September 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Communication ties our lives together. If phone or internet service goes out in our area, sometimes we have to put our lives on hold for a few minutes or … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: What lay beneath

Sol 1820, September 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Curiosity’s weekend “Brushfest” paid off, revealing the stunning purple color of the rocks of this part of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) hiding below the veneer of dust on … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Brushfest

Sol 1818-19, September 16, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: We are planning only 2 sols today because there will be a soliday on Sunday to get us back in sync with “Mars time” in Gale Crater. The focus … Continue reading

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Curiosity: MAHLI goes to work on the ridge-top

Sol 1816, September 15, 2017. With Curiosity parked on top of Vera Rubin Ridge, scientists are starting to examine rocks in its vicinity. Above is part of a Mastcam composite taken on Sol 1814; it enlarges when clicked. (More complete … Continue reading

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