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Curiosity update: What lay beneath

Sol 1820, September 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Curiosity’s weekend “Brushfest” paid off, revealing the stunning purple color of the rocks of this part of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) hiding below the veneer of dust on … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Brushfest

Sol 1818-19, September 16, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: We are planning only 2 sols today because there will be a soliday on Sunday to get us back in sync with “Mars time” in Gale Crater. The focus … Continue reading

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Curiosity: MAHLI goes to work on the ridge-top

Sol 1816, September 15, 2017. With Curiosity parked on top of Vera Rubin Ridge, scientists are starting to examine rocks in its vicinity. Above is part of a Mastcam composite taken on Sol 1814; it enlarges when clicked. (More complete … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ridge-top rock, broken and layered

Sol 1814, September 13, 2017. Curiosity’s Mastcam turned its gaze downward to image the rock surface next to the rover. Seen close-up (click the image), the rocks are finely layered, but heavily broken and eroded, with pebbles and sand collecting … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Stopping to smell the rocks

Sol 1815-16, September 14, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Planning for Curiosity this morning was a bit like reading a great mystery novel. There were several twists and turns along the way, but we eventually reached an exciting … Continue reading

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Curiosity’s views on approach to Vera Rubin Ridge

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has begun the steep ascent of an iron-oxide-bearing ridge that’s grabbed scientists’ attention since before the car-sized rover’s 2012 landing. “We’re on the climb now, driving up a route where we can access the layers we’ve … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Up on the ridge-top…

Sol 1814, September 13, 2017. The Navcam shoots a composite looking north over the view — Curiosity is now up on top of Vera Rubin Ridge. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1814 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking east over Pettegrove Point

Sol 1812, September 10, 2017. Mastcam’s wide-angle shot a fine composite looking to the east over the bluff at Pettegrove Point. Afterward, Curiosity drove farther up onto the ridge. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1812 raw images (from all … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Spectacular views

Sol 1814, September 12, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: As we’ve seen from the past several weeks and months of imaging, Curiosity’s approach to and ascent of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) has provided us with stunning views … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Mars of many colors

Sol 1811-14, September 12, 2017, update by MSL scientist Joseph Battalio: Today was an exciting day of planning as Curiosity continued her ascent up Vera Rubin Ridge. The focus of the weekend plan was on carefully documenting the changes in … Continue reading

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