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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 update: Searching for softer pastures

Sol 1984, March 5, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: Vera Rubin Ridge is as hard as a rock! After two drilling attempts, Curiosity’s drill was not able to dig into the bedrock sufficiently to collect a sample of … 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: Second sample acquisition attempt

Sols 1981-83, March 2, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: All of the data returned for the second drill target, called “Lake Orcadie 2,” support the decision to attempt to acquire sample at that location using feed-extended drilling. So … 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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