Tag Archives: Mount Sharp

Curiosity update: ChemCam sick

Sol 1586-88, January 20, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove another 13 meters on Sol 1585, again placing the rover in a good position for contact science.  But the telemetry also showed that ChemCam had been marked … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Examining Jewell

Sol 1585, January 19, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: After a 31-meter drive on Sol 1584, MSL is in position for contact science on a block of bedrock in front of the rover.  So, as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead … Continue reading

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Curiosity: South vista & Ireson Hill

Sol 1584, January 19, 2017. Curiosity drove some 30 meters (100 feet) south from yesterday’s position, and its sand-patch-dodging path has brought it slightly closer to Ireson Hill. Seen in the Navcam composite below, the hill is now about 100 … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Gale Crater mound’s northern side

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 20, 2017. Today’s false color image shows part of the floor of Gale Crater and the northern side of Mt. Sharp (Aeolis Mons). The blue-colored areas on the crater floor are likely dunes made … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Touch and go at Frost Pond

Sol 1584, January 18, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: On Sol 1583 Curiosity drove 16 m, which set us up for touch-and-go contact science today.  I was the GKOP again, and it was a fun day of planning … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ireson Hill & distant butte

Sol 1583, January 18, 2017. After driving 16 meters (55 feet) south-southwest, Curiosity used its Navcam to image Ireson Hill (left) and a more distant butte almost superimposed. From this point Ireson Hill lies about 100 meters away, while the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Driving and remote sensing

Sol 1583, January 17, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: The 4-sol weekend plan went well, and Curiosity drove ~ 44 m further to the south.  I was the GKOP today and it was a fairly straightforward plan focused … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Possible mud cracks at Old Soaker

Scientists used NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud. “Mud cracks are the most likely scenario here,” said Curiosity science team member Nathan … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ames Knob, nickel-iron meteorite

Sol 1577, January 12, 2017. The rover’s Mastcam (100mm lens) imaged what appears to be a small nickel-iron meteorite, dubbed Ames Knob. It is similar in appearance and chemical makeup to Egg Rock, found last fall. (Click image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Outlier butte

Sol 1580, January 15, 2017. The Mastcam, using its 100mm telephoto lens, shot a six-frame composite (4.5 MB) of a distant outlier butte. It lies about a kilometer (3,200 feet) southwest of Curiosity. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1580 … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A 4-sol plan

Sol 1579-82, January 13, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: After a 25-meter drive on Sol 1578, MSL is surrounded by more dark sand than usual, but there is enough rock exposed that we had a lot of science … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Investigating sedimentary structures

Sol 1578, January 12, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Curiosity had a successful drive of 45 m on Sol 1577.  We’re continuing to characterize the Murray formation by investigating changes in composition and sedimentary structures as we ascend … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rugged rock, then more sand ahead

Sol 1578, January 13, 2017. Curiosity used the MAHLI to investigate Megunticook rock outcrop (above), then moved in for a closeup (below). Both images enlarge when clicked. At right, after driving onward, the Hazcam shows the rover has reached a … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Another touch and go

Sol 1577, January 11, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove almost 30 meters on Sol 1576, stopping in a location with a nice exposure of bedrock in the arm workspace.  MAHLI’s optics look clean, so we planned … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Arm fault

Sol 1576, January 10, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL planning started 2 hours later than usual today because the Sol 1575 data needed for planning weren’t expected until almost 10 AM PST.  Unfortunately, the news was not … Continue reading

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