Tag Archives: Mars Science Laboratory

Curiosity: Driving again

Sol 1781, August 10, 2017. After a 32-meter (105-foot) drive to the south-southeast, Curiosity’s Navcam shot a profile of Mt. Sharp and Vera Rubin Ridge. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1781 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest … Continue reading

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Curiosity sees Mars clouds scudding past

Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth’s ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five years ago this … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Five (Earth) years on Mars

Sol 1780, August 7, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio: Welcome back to the first full day of operations after conjunction and the fifth anniversary of landing! Curiosity remained healthy over the month long break, so without missing a … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Easing back into mission planning

Sol 1777, August 4, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: As the solar conjunction stand-down comes to an end, we are easing back into operations planning, focusing on Sol 1780, which will be planned in detail on Monday. There … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Five years ago and 154 million miles away —

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars. On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Focus on the drill

Sol 1757, July 16, 2017. The Mastcam’s 34mm lens took a good look at the drill against a backdrop of Mt. Sharp.  Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1757 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity update: Closing time

Sol 1756, July 14, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Today marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks. This made today’s planning feel as … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Getting ready to disappear behind the Sun

Sol 1755, July 13, 2017, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Planetary scientists take their vacations when the planets align. In our case it is because communications with Mars are blacked out when the red planet goes behind the sun. … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Surveying the ridge

Sol 1754, July 13, 2017. Continuing its circling approach to Vera Rubin Ridge, Curiosity deployed its Navcam to reconnoiter the terrain. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1754 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity update: Science flowing through our veins

Sol 1754, July 12, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Today on Mars we planned a typical “drive sol” that involved a bit of pre-drive science followed by a drive and some post-drive untargeted observations. There were a variety of … Continue reading

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