Tag Archives: Glen Torridon

Curiosity update: More SAMple analysis

Sols 2499-2501, August 16, 2019, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Conjunction is the few-weeks period when Mars goes behind the sun and we stop communicating with our spacecraft that are there. Our last planning day before conjunction will be … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: SAM is GO for analyzing the Glen Etive drill sample

Sols 2497-98, August 12, 2019, update by MSL engineer Ashley Stroupe: This morning, after seeing that the redo of the SAM Preconditioning in Monday’s plan was successful, the SAM team was ready to drop-off four portions to SAM for evolved … Continue reading

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Curiosty: On the outcrop

Sol 2496, August 14, 2019. Curiosity’s front and rear Hazcams show the rover remains parked at the outcrop, with the Glen Etive drill hole and conical tailings pile visible on the flat rock in the upper center of the front … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A slight change of plans

Sols 2495-96, August 12, 2019, update by MSL scientist Vivian Sun: Today’s planning began with a bit of a shuffle as we learned that the sample cup that was used for SAM preconditioning over the weekend didn’t seal as well … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Just another week on Mars

Sols 2492-94, August 12, 2019, update by MSL scientist Brittney Cooper: It’s the end of another week on Mars, and today we put together a 3 sol weekend plan for Curiosity. Given the RSM-related issues that we incurred this past … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A change in the weather (observations)

Sols 2489-91, August 8, 2019, update by MSL scientist Claire Newman: Over the weekend, Curiosity successfully dropped off a portion of the Glen Etive drill sample. But for some reason, the sequence was interrupted, so no images of the portion … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Success on the 22nd drill hole; happy landing day — on to year 8!

Sol 2488, August 5, 2019, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: On Sunday morning the team received the message that Curiosity’s latest drill hole was successful at “Glen Etive.” This is the 22nd full-depth drill hole on Mars, and we … Continue reading

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Curiosity: New finds, 7 years post-landing

NASA’s Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has traveled a total of 13 miles (21 kilometers) and ascended 1,207 feet (368 meters) to its current location. Along the way, Curiosity … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Affirm-Etive: We are GO for drilling at Glen Etive 1!

Sols 2485-87, August 2, 2019, update by MSL scientist Lucy Thompson: Late during planning yesterday, we got the go ahead to proceed with full drilling at “Glen Etive 1.” We received the results of the APXS and ChemCam compositional analysis … Continue reading

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Curiosity: MAHLI checks over the outcrop

Sol 2484, August 2, 2019. With Curiosity parked on the Southern Outcrop and looking for a place to drill, mission scientists put the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to work checking out the layers from close range. Click the image … Continue reading

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