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Curiosity update: A new drill hole!

Sols 2386-2387, April 22, 2019, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The drilling planned for last weekend was successful, so the top priority for Sol 2386 is to drop portions of the Kilmarie sample onto a closed SAM inlet cover … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Kilmarie in color

Sol 2384, April 21, 2019. The Mastcam (100mm lens) took this image of the Kilmarie drill hole, which it appears may be shallower than Aberlady. Click the image to enlarge it. Sol 2384 raw images (from all cameras).

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Curiosity: Kilmarie drilled

Sol 2384, April 21, 2019. Successful drilling at Kilmarie puts two drill holes in the same Navcam frame. Aberlady is on the left, Kilmarie on the right on what may be a separate piece of bedrock. Click the image to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Drill all the rocks!

Sols 2383-2385, April 19, 2019, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Yestersol’s drill pre-load test was successful, so today we are go for a drill attempt at “Kilmarie”! The front hazcam image from yesterday’s test (shown above) is a helpful … Continue reading

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Latest weather at Gale Crater and Elysium Planitia

Daily Elysium charts and data (temperature, wind speed, atmospheric pressure) here.

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Curiosity update: After the drill is before the drill…

Sol 2382, April 19, 2019, update by MSL scientist Susanne Schwenzer: Some days just give me goose bumps. First, looking at yesterday’s plan I realized that we did something really unusual overnight: Wrap up the drill activity on one site … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Goodbye, my fair Aberlady

Sol 2381, April 17, 2019, update by MSL scientist Sarah Lamm: Curiosity is finishing up at “Aberlady” and ready to move on to our next drill target. We are preparing to drill a second hole in the clay bearing unit. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Lucky number 3

Sol 2380, April 16, 2019, update by MSL scientist Brittney Cooper: Yesterday’s discussions with the science team focused on determining which target in the vicinity of “Aberlady” will become the focus of the next drill campaign: target 2, or target … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Scoping out a hillside

Sol 2379, April 16, 2019. Curiosity’s Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) shot a five-frame composite of a hillside with layered rocks that lies south of the rover.  Below is a two-frame Navcam composite from Sol 2376 showing Mt. Sharp and the terrain … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Peering into Aberlady drill hole

Sol 2378, April 15, 2019. The rover’s Mars Hand-Lens Imager (MAHLI) peered into the Aberlady drill hole and saw tailings inside and out. In addition, it recorded the light-toned layer partway down the hole. Its composition — gypsum? — and … Continue reading

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