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Curiosity captures thickening haze as dust storm goes global

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA’s Opportunity rover to suspend science operations. But across the planet, NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been studying Martian soil at Gale … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Slippery slope

Sol 2087, June 19, 2018, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Curiosity pulled away from the “Duluth” site yesterday, but given the blocky nature of the “Blunts Point” member and the sand in between those blocks, she did not get … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking north toward an invisible rim

Sol 2087, June 20, 2018. Seven Navcam frames composited into a panorama show that dusty air is hiding the north rim of Gale Crater. Duluth lies in the foreground, near left. At right is the Remote Micro-Imager’s four-frame take on … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dusty skies

Sol 2086, June 20, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich:  The dust storm that is challenging Opportunity closed in on Gale Crater over the weekend with a substantial increase in dust levels. The storm is no threat to nuclear-powered Curiosity … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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Curiosity: Duluth’s delicate weathering

Sol 2084, June 17, 2018. The increasing dust in the atmosphere over Gale Crater is darkening and reddening images taken at the surface there. Above is a series of composited Mastcam 34mm frames on the rock named Duluth, which shows … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: 30 sols and done

Sols 2083-85, June 18, 2018, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: The last time Curiosity drove anywhere was 30 martian days ago. A lot has happened in these past 30 sols. The rover got its groove back and successfully carried … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Getting murky at Gale

Sol 2082, June 15, 2018. Curiosity has been commanded to shoot a new selfie using the MAHLI (hand lens imager). Above are three frames from the series, showing the effects of the dust storm as seen in Gale Crater, which … Continue reading

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Curiosity: MAHLI checks out thin layers on Duluth

Sol 2082, June 15, 2018. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) swooped in close to Duluth’s top surface for a good look at its flake-like layers. Above is a two-frame MAHLI composite image, while at right, the Mastcam shows the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: New MAHLI selfie

Sol 2082, June 14, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The investigation of the Duluth drill hole is going well, and is expected to continue on Sol 2082. First, MAHLI will take a picture of the drill tailings to … Continue reading

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