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Curiosity: Parked on the ridge, looking around

Sol 1877, November 16, 2017. After driving southwest about 20 meters (66 feet), Curiosity turned its Navcam on the surroundings, portraying Mt. Sharp high in the background, with mesas and buttes lower down. At right edge is the far-distant inner … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Last drive before Thanksgiving

Sol 1877-78, November 15, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: The star of tosol’s plan was a drive that will likely be our last drive before the Thanksgiving holiday. The science team has a lot of activities we’d like … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Sitting on the boundary

Sol 1875-76, November 15, 2017, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: There was no drive in the plan today, so the science team spent the morning identifying and working out a plan to characterize several high-priority science targets. What makes … Continue reading

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Curiosity: ChemCam’s laser takes aim

Sol 1874, November 13, 2017. A two-frame animation shows before-and-after Curiosity’s ChemCam laser took a series of shots on a rock target near the rover. Sol 1874 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity: Mastcam looks afar

Sol 1873, November 12, 2017. Using the 34mm lens, Curiosity’s Mastcam took a sequence showing the buttes and mesas that line the horizon (left side). These rise above a prominent grayish layer. However, before the rover can explore more closely … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A fashionably late data downlink

Sol 1872-75, November 13, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Because the alignment of a Mars sol versus an Earth day is constantly changing, we sometimes start our planning day a couple hours earlier or later than normal. Today … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looming mesas

Sol 1869, November 8, 2017. Images from Curiosity’s Mastcam’s wide-angle lens show the layered hills and mesas standing behind and above the rocks of Vera Rubin Ridge (above). Below are the slabby rocks, many with light mineral veins, lying in … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Back in the groove

Sol 1870-71, November 8, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Above is a Navcam image of Curiosity’s location after a successful drive on Sol 1869. The shadows show the Robotic Arm (RA) and turret on the left, and the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Going to the next level?

Sol 1869, November 8, 2017. After a 17-meter (56-foot) drive, Curiosity is close to the next higher level of rocks on Vera Rubin Ridge. Click image (4.7 MB) to enlarge it. Sol 1869 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s … Continue reading

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Curiosity: RMI scouts an outcrop

Sol 1868, November 7, 2017. Ten frames taken by the Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) profile an outcrop on Vera Rubin Ridge. Note that the rocks show both thin layers and larger-scale ones. Click the image to enlarge it. Sol 1868 raw … Continue reading

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