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Curiosity update: Little bit of everything

Sol 1727, June 14, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: After a successful drive, our parking spot included a nice patch of Murray bedrock to allow us to perform contact science (MAHLI and APXS) in today’s plan. Our target … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ridge on the skyline

Sol 1726, June 14, 2017. Four Navcam frames shoot the southern skyline as seen from the approach to Vera Rubin Ridge. Click to enlarge it. Sol 1726 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity: Close targets

Sol 1724, June 12, 2017. The Mastcam (with its wide-angle lens) shot a composite image that shows several targets — Haynes Point, John Small Cove, and Barr Hill — in front of the rover. (For more about this site, see … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Curiosity’s four-day weekend

Sol 1725, June 12, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: On most weekends, Curiosity dedicates part of her efforts to do contact science – deployment of APXS, MAHLI, and sometimes the DRT – because multi-sol weekend plans have more … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Leftovers for dinner

Sol 1722-24, June 9, 2017, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: Today, as I served as the Science Operations Working Group Chair, we prepared a 3-sol duration plan to keep Curiosity busy over the weekend.  Almost the entirety of the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: More rocks, less sand

Sol 1721, June 9, 2017. As Curiosity approaches Vera Rubin Ridge, the ground is slowly changing. Rocks are becoming widespread and they mostly lie flat. The gaps between the rocks now show lines of smaller rocks, pebbles, and gravel where … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: An easier planning day

Sol 1721, June 8, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove 26 meters on Sol 1720, as planned, to a location with blocks of bedrock in the arm workspace. Because the rover climbed another 3 meters in elevation, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Rough road ahead

Sol 1720, June 8, 2017, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: I was the Surface Properties Scientist, or SPS on staff today. The SPS has an interesting job, in that the SPS helps Rover Planners (called RPs) assess the terrain … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking back, looking ahead

Sol 1718, June 6, 2017. The drive to Vera Rubin Ridge continues across the bumpy, rounded rocks. Above, the view to the rear showing the gradual slope the rover has driven up, with the floor and north rim of Gale … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Wait and hurry up!

Sol 1719, June 6, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson: Today was an interesting day of planning: because of an issue with the computer system responsible for processing data once it is received on Earth, Curiosity’s images and other … Continue reading

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