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Silica-rich rocks at Marias Pass puzzle rover team

In detective stories, as the plot thickens, an unexpected clue often delivers more questions than answers. In this case, the scene is a mountain on Mars. The clue: the chemical compound silica. Lots of silica. The sleuths: a savvy band … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Moving on from Marias Pass

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is driving toward the southwest after departing a region where for several weeks it investigated a geological contact zone and rocks that are unexpectedly high in silica and hydrogen content. The hydrogen indicates water bound to … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Crazy Mountain in color

Sol 1074, August 14, 2015. Using its 100mm lens, the Mastcam captured a 9-frame composite of the Crazy Mountain outcrop. Click to enlarge. Sol 1074 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location map.

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Curiosity: On beyond Marias Pass

Sol 1073, August 13, 2015. This view to the southwest shows the terrain that lies ahead of Curiosity, now that it has left the Marias Pass area. Mount Sharp stands in the distance at the top of the composite image; … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Crazy Mountain’

Sol 1074, August 13, 2015, update from USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: The 47 meter drive on sol 1073 went exactly as expected, putting us in a good position for the sol 1074 plan. It’s a pretty simple plan today, with … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Drive-thru geology’

Sol 1073, August 12, 2015, update from USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: The drive on sol 1072 was successful, with a total distance travelled of about 35 meters. For sol 1073, Mastcam will be very busy taking pictures to document the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: ChemCam at Missoula, part 3

Sol 1071, August 11, 2015. The third composite by ChemCam at the Missoula outcrop shows similar layering, but with different details. (Click to enlarge.) Sol 1071 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location map.

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Curiosity: ChemCam at Missoula, part 2

Sol 1071, August 11, 2015. More of the layered outcrop at Missoula; note the small spherules embedded in the rock. (Click to enlarge.) Sol 1071 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location map.

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Curiosity update: ‘What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate’

Sol 1071-1072, August 11, 2015, update from USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Unfortunately over the weekend there was an outage at the Deep Space Network, which prevented the plan for the weekend from being sent to Curiosity. So, instead of a … Continue reading

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Curiosity: ChemCam at Missoula

Sol 1071, August 11, 2015. With Opportunity back at the Missoula outcrop, the ChemCam has been busy making closeups on various parts of the layered outcrop. (Click to enlarge.) Sol 1071 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location … Continue reading

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