Tag Archives: Mount Sharp

Curiosity update: Starting the drill campaign at ‘Inverness’

Sols 2168-69, September 11, 2018, update by MSL scientist Kristen Bennett: In the weekend plan Curiosity drove to an area that the team thought would be a good location for the next drill site on Vera Rubin Ridge. The drive … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: It always looks grayer on the other side!

Sols 2165-67, September 10, 2018, update by MSL scientist Sean Czarnecki: Curiosity’s last plan didn’t quite get our intrepid rover close enough to our next potential drill location in the gray bedrock that is visually distinct on this part of … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking around at its new location

Sol 2166, September 9, 2018. Following a couple of drives, Curiosity is now parked facing generally northwest, while to the south (below) the lower reaches of Mt. Sharp stand behind the rear of the rover. Click either image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Things that go bump…

Sols 2163-64, September 5, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lucy Thompson: In our case, the Curiosity rover! The main focus of our 2-sol (sol – martian day) plan today is to bump (drive ~15 m) the rover into place for … Continue reading

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Curiosity report, Sols 2093-2162, by Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society

September 6, 2018: Three Tries to Successful Drill Atop Vera Rubin Ridge: Heedless of the (now-dissipating) dust storm, Curiosity has achieved its first successful drill into rocks that form the Vera Rubin ridge, and is hopefully on the way to … Continue reading

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Curiosity surveys a mystery under dusty skies

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA’s Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge. The panorama includes umber skies, darkened by a fading global dust … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Heading south on the Ridge

Sol 2161, September 4, 2018. After a 32-meter (105 foot) drive southward, Curiosity stopped and took its standard Navcam panorama. Above: Looking back to the north, where clearing skies are gradually lifting the haze. Below: Looking southward, with rolling terrain … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Lots of bits!

Sols 2159-62, September 3, 2018, update by MSL scientist Dawn Sumner: Curiosity’s plan for the weekend is extra large – 4 sols and almost 3 gigabits of data! We planned 4 sols due to the Labor Day weekend, and the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: I’ll take the Quela to go, please!

Sols 2157-58, September 3, 2018, update by MSL scientist Brittney Cooper: Today in Gale Crater, Curiosity begins with a short (but sweet) science block that utilizes ChemCam, Mastcam, and Navcam to observe the Martian surface and atmosphere. We start off … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Skies less dusty

Sol 2156, August 30, 2018. Having driven away from the Stoer drill site, Curiosity took a series of Navcam shots to the north, which show improving atmospheric conditions. It also used the Mastcam’s 34mm optics to take a set of … Continue reading

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