Tag Archives: Mount Sharp

Curiosity update: Mega-science at a megaripple!

Sol 1687, May 5, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: The rover planners executed another great drive to park us in front of a megaripple in order to study its physical and chemical characteristics, which we can compare and … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Among megaripples

Sol 1686, May 4, 2017. Curiosity’s drive toward Vera Rubin Ridge is encountering locations where sand has collected into large ripples. Here we see that the rover rolled a foot or two onto a ripple then rolled back, perhaps as … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: March to the megaripples

Sol 1686, May 3, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio: Continuing the steady march up Mt. Sharp, Curiosity drove 18.3 m to bring us closer to a series of features being called megaripples, which are darker and larger ripples … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Touch and go or just go (again)?

Sol 1685, May 3, 2017, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: Planning rover science activities is a dynamic process. Unlike yestersol’s plan, the Geology Theme Group decided to include an APXS and MAHLI “touch-and-go” in the plan, carrying out valuable … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Touch and go or just go?

Sol 1684, May 2, 2017, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: Today was a day of tradeoffs. Should Curiosity focus on driving to get to a higher priority target sooner, or conduct contact science at the current location? Ultimately the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rocky road to the ridge

Sol 1684, May 2, 2017. As the rover continues its southeastward trek to Vera Rubin Ridge, the “road” across the Murray Formation is far from smooth, as this Navcam composite shows. Right: Curiosity’s location on Sol 1684 is shown by … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Kicking the tires

Sol 1681-83, April 28, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio: After a drive of almost 29 meters, we are parked at a site suitable for a busy plan full of contact science on the Murray formation.¬† GEO focused mainly … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Following the contact

Sol 1680, April 28, 2017. Looking ahead with the Navcam shows that the rover is aimed to follow Murray Formation layers that run southeast towards Vera Rubin Ridge. How steeply the layers dip into the ground is unclear, but this … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Another day of TAG

Sol 1679, April 26, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Our drive yestersol went as planned and added another 28.3 meters to Curiosity’s odometer. The science team was pleased to see that more interesting outcrop would be reachable by … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A smooth planning day

Sol 1678, April 26, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff:¬†This MSL drove another 33 meters on Sol 1677, and again is surrounded by rocky outcrops partly covered by dark sand. Although Rover Planner support was available for “touch and … Continue reading

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