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Mars VR software wins NASA award

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA’s 2018 Software of the Year Award. OnSight uses imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover to create an immersive 3D terrain model, allowing users to wander … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Crystal balls may show the future, but gypsum crystals tell us about the past

[Ed note: Post by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman, NASA/JPL] As Curiosity continues to mend, I’ve been looking forward to our next drill sample of gray rock. Some interesting features we’ve seen on Vera Rubin Ridge are small “swallowtail crystals” often … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Geology, it’s like investigating a crime scene

[Ed note: Post by planetary geologist Susanne Schwenzer, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK] Sometimes planetary geology is like forensics. We are presented with a crime scene: Something broke down the original igneous rock, and made all those clays, veins … Continue reading

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Curiosity to temporarily switch ‘brains’

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, this week commanded the agency’s Curiosity rover to switch to its second computer. The switch will enable engineers to do a detailed diagnosis of a technical issue that has prevented the … Continue reading

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Tiny motor on Curiosity detected onset of global dust storm at Gale Crater

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provided the earliest insights on May 30 when it observed an accumulation of dust in the atmosphere near Perseverance Valley, where NASA’s Opportunity rover is exploring. The increasingly hazy storm, the biggest since 2007, forced … Continue reading

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Curiosity team confident rover will bounce back from glitch

[From Space.com] It’s still unclear exactly what’s ailing NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, but mission team members are optimistic they can get the six-wheeled robot up and running again. Since last Saturday night (Sept. 15), Curiosity has had trouble beaming home … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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Curiosity update: Tell us more, we want to help!

Sols 2175-76, September 19, 2018, update by MSL project scientist Ashwin Vasavada: Over the past few days, engineers here at JPL have been working to address an issue on Curiosity that is preventing it from sending much of the science … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Who’d have thought that Ridge rocks could be so hard

Sols 2172-74, September 17, 2018, update by MSL scientist Vivian Sun: Last night we learned that our drill attempt on “Inverness” was not successful, reaching only 4 mm into the rock. Today’s tactical team bounced back from this news and … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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