Tag Archives: Lake Orcadie

Curiosity update: Who’d have thought that Ridge rocks could be so hard

Sols 2172-74, September 17, 2018, update by MSL scientist Vivian Sun: Last night we learned that our drill attempt on “Inverness” was not successful, reaching only 4 mm into the rock. Today’s tactical team bounced back from this news and … Continue reading

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Curiosity: After the drive…

Sol 1985, March 7, 2018. In two drives on this sol, Curiosity traveled in reverse to the northeast a distance of about 29 meters (95 feet). The Navcam composite above was taken after the drive was complete. It shows (near … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Tough rock, and the Phyllosilicate Trough, part 2

Sol 1984, March 6, 2018. Tough rock ended Curiosity’s second drilling attempt, which produced only a shallow hole and a small tailings pile, seen in the MAHLI image above. At right, a Hazcam image shows both Lake Orcadie drill holes. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: How hard is a rock?

Sol 1985, March 6, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Last week when the first Vera Rubin Ridge drill-hole attempts turned out to be too shallow at “Lake Orcadie”, discussion in the team turned to the question of, “How … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Drill tailings and Phyllosilicate Trough outcrops

Sol 1981, March 3, 2018. Curiosity aimed the ChemCam’s Remote Micro-Imager into the Phyllosilicate Trough to document outcrops that may become future targets. At right, a Hazcam image from Sol 1983 (March 5) showing the drill tailing piles from Lake … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Back to science

Sol 1980, March 1, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today, Sol 1980, we’re taking a break from drilling activities to continue with our remote science campaign at our current location. We have three science blocks in today’s plan, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Mars strikes back

Sol 1979, February 28, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: It is an exciting time for the Curiosity team. Although the drill was able to create a hole, Mars stubbornly refused to let the drill reach a depth where … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Examining drill tailings

Sol 1978, February 28, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The tactical planning schedule was delayed by 2 hours today so that we would have the latest data from Sol 1977 available for planning. When the data arrived, it … Continue reading

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Curiosity tests a new way to drill on Mars

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has conducted the first test of a new drilling technique on the Red Planet since its drill stopped working reliably. This early test produced a hole about a half-inch (1-centimeter) deep at a target called Lake … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Drill, baby, drill

Sol 1977, February 27, 2018. First drilling in more than a year. Above is the Mastcam 100mm view of the drill site showing the tailings pile. At right, the drill head (Mastcam 34mm), and the drill bit (Mastcam 100mm). Click … Continue reading

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