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Curiosity update: Descending Vera Rubin Ridge

Sols 2034-35, April 25, 2018, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Curiosity is continuing her march to the north and west, descending through the stratigraphic layers exposed in Vera Rubin Ridge and working her way back towards the unit known … Continue reading

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Curiosity: At Taconite Crater

Sol 2032, April 25, 2018. This composite of eight Navcam frames looks toward the north and shows, at right center, sand-filled Taconite Crater, a small impact scar. In the distance below the ridge lie the flat-topped Murray Buttes and the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: The rocks vs. stone cold aluminum wheels

Sols 2032-33, April 23, 2018, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Curiosity drove a little over 16 m to the west this weekend. The rover is currently skirting around the southern edge of a small, blocky impact crater on its … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Booking it through Biwabik

Sols 2029-31, April 20, 2018, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Curiosity drove a whopping ~85 m to the northwest in the sol 2027 plan. Besides being long, this drive was remarkable because it marked a shift in Curiosity’s strategic … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A change of season

Sols 2027-28, April 20, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: This was a week of transition for Curiosity’s environmental science team. The cloudy season on Mars has ended as we’ve seen a marked decrease in water ice cloud activity … Continue reading

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Mud cracks help reveal the shape of water on Mars

As Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet’s watery past comes into clearer focus. In early 2017 scientists announced the discovery of possible desiccation cracks in Gale Crater, which was filled by lakes 3.5 billion years ago. Now, a … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking at Suilven Ripple

Sol 2023, April 15, 2018. Curiosity is examining the Suilven sand ripple using the Mastcam 34mm lens to shoot a composite of the dune structure. Below, the Navcam’s view of what lies to the south, with the ripple at bottom … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: From float rocks to Suilven Ripple

Sols 2025-26, April 16, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Over the weekend Curiosity completed a 13 meter drive from some interesting float rocks including some potential breccias (see accompanying MAHLI image) to “Suilven Ripple”, a sand ripple where … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Waternish extravaganza

Sols 2022-24, April 14, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Sol 2020 drive completed successfully, placing the vehicle in a good position for contact science on the Waternish conglomerate. To sample the diversity of clasts in Waternish, the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Leaving Bressay

Sols 2020-21, April 12, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The top science priority for this plan is to acquire all of the data needed to adequately characterize the rocks at the current location before driving away. So the … Continue reading

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