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Curiosity: Focus on the drill

Sol 1757, July 16, 2017. The Mastcam’s 34mm lens took a good look at the drill against a backdrop of Mt. Sharp.  Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1757 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity update: Closing time

Sol 1756, July 14, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Today marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks. This made today’s planning feel as … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Getting ready to disappear behind the Sun

Sol 1755, July 13, 2017, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Planetary scientists take their vacations when the planets align. In our case it is because communications with Mars are blacked out when the red planet goes behind the sun. … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Surveying the ridge

Sol 1754, July 13, 2017. Continuing its circling approach to Vera Rubin Ridge, Curiosity deployed its Navcam to reconnoiter the terrain. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1754 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity update: Science flowing through our veins

Sol 1754, July 12, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Today on Mars we planned a typical “drive sol” that involved a bit of pre-drive science followed by a drive and some post-drive untargeted observations. There were a variety of … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Imaging the ramp up to the ridge

Sol 1752, July 11, 2017. The Mastcam in its wide-angle mode made a multi-frame composite showing the “ramp” that Curiosity will likely use as it climbs up onto Vera Rubin Ridge. Below, the Remote Micro-Imager shot a 10-frame sequence along … Continue reading

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Curiosity begins study of Vera Rubin Ridge

The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain’s slope. Since before Curiosity’s landing five years ago next month, this feature has been recognized … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Short drive eastward

Sol 1752, July 11, 2017. Curiosity drove about 10 meters (35 feet) eastward, positioning itself just about clear of the sandy ripple patch. (Click image to enlarge it.) Sol 1752 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity update: Sand in our rearview

Sol 1752, July 10, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Following a jam-packed weekend of contact and remote science on some beautiful sand deposits, the GEO group opted for mostly remote observations in today’s plan. ChemCam will target “Grogg … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rolling around the ripples

Sol 1751, July 10, 2017. After kicking a sand ripple, Curiosity continued its track around the sandy patch, heading for a place where it can easily drive up onto Vera Rubin Ridge. (Click image to enlarge it.) Sol 1751 raw … Continue reading

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