Tag Archives: MSL

Curiosity update: Re-attempt the drive

Sol 1617, February 22, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The drive planned for Sol 1616 halted early, apparently because the right rear wheel got stuck between two rocks.  The mobility team concluded that it is safe to continue, … Continue reading

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Curiosity: MAHLI puts in a night’s work

Sol 1615, February 20, 2017. At about 1:30 p.m., the Hazcam recorded the instrument arm on the rock in front of Curiosity. In the dead of night, 10 hours earlier, the MAHLI turned on its LED light and shot a … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Delayed planning

Sol 1614-16, February 17, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Sol 1612 drive went well, and there is a nice bedrock block in the arm workspace.  We received a bit more data than expected before planning started, but … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Hazcams, fore and aft

Sol 1612, February 17, 2017. Classic views from the Hazcams, front and back. Mt. Sharp on the horizon ahead and Ireson Hill behind on the right. The Bagnold Sands make a sea out of which layered rocks rise like islands. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Planning challenges

Sol 1612-13, February 16, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: After a 23-meter drive on Sol 1611, MSL again ended up in an area with many bedrock blocks partly covered by dark sand.  We’re planning two sols today to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Patch Mountain

Sol 1611, February 15, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove almost 27 meters on Sol 1610 to a location with several potential targets, so the planning team spent some time discussing priorities.  A dark patch of bedrock, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Finishing up at Ireson Hill

Sol 1610, February 14, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The activities planned for Sol 1609 went well, and MAHLI focus data indicate that high-resolution images of Perry were successfully acquired.  So we’re ready to drive away from Ireson … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Hematite Ridge in view ahead

Sol 1608, February 13, 2017. A composite of five Mastcam frames taken with the 34mm lens traces the Hematite Ridge (arrows), which lies beyond part of the Bagnold Dunes. The ridge, identified from orbit as containing the water-altered iron mineral … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Passagassawakeag and other challenges

Sol 1609, February 13, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove a little over 9 meters on Sol 1608, to get the vehicle closer to Ireson Hill and the dark blocks that have rolled down from the top … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Checking Ireson Hill’s stratigraphy

Sol 1608, February 13, 2017. The Navcam shot a three-frame composite image to capture the stratigraphic layers in the rocks exposed in Ireson Hill. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1608 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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