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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge in Mastcam color

Sol 1732, June 20, 2017. Using its wide-angle (34mm) lens the Mastcam took a composite of the ridge in color. The overhead view from orbit is below, showing Curiosity’s position, sol by sol. (Click either image to enlarge it.) Sol … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Gazing longingly towards Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1734-35, June 21, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Curiosity continues to drive to the east-northeast around two small patches of dunes that are positioned just north of Vera Rubin Ridge. Once beyond this easternmost dune patch, the … Continue reading

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Laser-targeting AI yields more science

Artificial intelligence is changing how we study Mars. A.I. software on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has helped it zap dozens of laser targets on the Red Planet this past year, becoming a frequent science tool when the ground team was … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1732, June 20, 2017. Four Navcam shots detail the skyline of Vera Rubin Ridge. Before taking these images, Curiosity drove more than 13 meters (43 feet) to the east-southeast. Rover drivers are threading a course between sand ripple patches … Continue reading

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HiRISE images Curiosity on its way to the ridge

Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the Curiosity rover this month amid rocky mountainside terrain. The car-size rover, climbing up lower Mount Sharp toward its next destination, appears as … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Marching ahead towards Vera Rubin Ridge

Sol 1732-33, June 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: As this is my first time contributing to the MSL blog, I’d like to quickly introduce myself to you all. I’m Mark, an MSL Participating Scientist and a faculty … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Roving right along

Sol 1729-31, June 17, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: The drive on Sol 1728 was successful, and our weekend plan will be chock-full of activities. On the first sol, we will do some contact science on the rather … Continue reading

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Curiosity: MAHLI looks at Jones Marsh

Sol 1727, June 15, 2017. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) took a series of images across the flat-surfaced target named Jones Marsh. Note the patchy erosion of the rock’s surface. Click image (6.2 MB) to enlarge it. Sol 1727 … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Remote science and drive on

Sol 1728, June 15, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: After a busy day of contact science yesterday, today’s plan was dedicated towards remote science and driving. As Mastcam PUL-1 today, I was fairly busy helping put together a … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rough road to the ridge

Sol 1726, June 14, 2017. Nine Navcam images detail the southern skyline — and the rough terrain ahead — as Curiosity drives toward Vera Rubin Ridge. Click image (3.7 MB) to enlarge it. Sol 1726 raw images (from all cameras), … Continue reading

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