Tag Archives: Hematite Ridge

Curiosity: Rocky road to the ridge

Sol 1684, May 2, 2017. As the rover continues its southeastward trek to Vera Rubin Ridge, the “road” across the Murray Formation is far from smooth, as this Navcam composite shows. Right: Curiosity’s location on Sol 1684 is shown by … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Following the contact

Sol 1680, April 28, 2017. Looking ahead with the Navcam shows that the rover is aimed to follow Murray Formation layers that run southeast towards Vera Rubin Ridge. How steeply the layers dip into the ground is unclear, but this … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rough pavement ahead

Sol 1678, April 26, 2017. Curiosity has crossed the Bagnold Dune Field and is heading for Vera Rubin Ridge (formerly Hematite Ridge). As a result, the path ahead, as shown in the Navcam composite above, lies across slabby rocks with … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge, continued

Sol 1661, April 8, 2017. The Remote Micro-Imager continues its survey of Vera Rubin (originally Hematite) Ridge. Click the image to see a larger version. (Earlier section here.) Sol 1661 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge, in part

Sol 1657, April 4, 2017. With Curiosity parked at Ogunquit Beach, the Remote Micro-Imager’s far-seeing capabilities let mission scientists shoot a 10-frame composite of part of Vera Rubin Ridge (formerly named Hematite Ridge).  This is the next major scientific waypoint … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: MAHLI imaging of OG1 and remote sensing

Sol 1654-56, March 31, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar and atmospheric scientist Michael Battalio: Today’s three-sol plan starts with MAHLI imaging of the first scoop location (OG1).  The first sol also includes Mastcam and MARDI imaging for change … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: First half of long-baseline stereo

Sol 1643, March 20, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove about 28 meters toward the south on Sol 1642 and again is in an area with Murray Formation bedrock blocks surrounded by dark sand.  I helped plan … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Hematite Ridge in view ahead

Sol 1608, February 13, 2017. A composite of five Mastcam frames taken with the 34mm lens traces the Hematite Ridge (arrows), which lies beyond part of the Bagnold Dunes. The ridge, identified from orbit as containing the water-altered iron mineral … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Drill brake issue, ChemCam, REMS, and the terrain ahead

[Editor note: Blog post by Emily Lakdawalla, the Planetary Society] Since my last update, the Curiosity mission has developed a better understanding of the problem that prevented them from drilling at Precipice, but its intermittent nature has slowed the development … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Team meeting

Sol 1589-90, January 23, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: This week most of the Curiosity team is headed out to California for a team meeting. I’m not at the meeting because I have a new baby at home, … Continue reading

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