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Curiosity: MAHLI checks out thin layers on Duluth

Sol 2082, June 15, 2018. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) swooped in close to Duluth’s top surface for a good look at its flake-like layers. Above is a two-frame MAHLI composite image, while at right, the Mastcam shows the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: New MAHLI selfie

Sol 2082, June 14, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The investigation of the Duluth drill hole is going well, and is expected to continue on Sol 2082. First, MAHLI will take a picture of the drill tailings to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Just a bunch of dirt’

Sol 2081, June 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: The final several sols of Curiosity’s drill activities at “Duluth” are devoted mostly to imaging and to analysis of the pile of drill tailings that are dumped on the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Communication back to normal

[NB: This update involves Curiosity, not Opportunity] Sol 2080, June 12, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: On Earth we have multiple means of communication – cell phone, text messages, land line, e-mail, and good old snail mail. On … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Dust storm going global, rover likely in deep-sleep for weeks until skies clear

[Ed. note: Video replay of the briefing here, and a new NASA web page, Mars Storm Watch, here.] NASA scientists reported today that dust in the skies over Opportunity is thicker than ever seen before from the surface, and the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Quick change artist

Sol 2079, June 11, 2018, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Over the weekend, an error cropped up during a regular test of the high gain antenna actuators, leaving the antenna unavailable for uplink of today’s plan, but otherwise healthy. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dust on the horizon

Sol 2076-78, June 8, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today we planned a weekend’s worth of activities for Curiosity. For our weekend plan, we have two main priorities: perform another analysis with CheMin on our Duluth drill sample … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: It’s a SAMple party!

Sol 2075, June 7, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today, Sol 2075, was a fairly straightforward day of planning, as most of the plan will be devoted to carrying out a methane experiment with our SAM instrument to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: And the crowd went wild

Sol 2074, June 6, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: Today we received the happy news that the SAM instrument received enough sample to conduct its “evolved gas” analysis of the powdered rock from our “Duluth” drill hole! This … Continue reading

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Curiosity finds ancient organic material and seasonally varying methane on Mars

[Editor’s note: press briefing video here.] NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the … Continue reading

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