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Curiosity update: Hello gorgeous

Sol 1868-69, November 7, 2017, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: It was a good weekend on Mars. Curiosity spent the weekend exploring a beautiful outcrop of sedimentary rocks (shown in the above image) as part of our continued investigation … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Getting to know the ridge

Sol 1867, November 6, 2017. As Curiosity continues exploring Vera Rubin Ridge, it is nearing rock layers that are missing (through erosion) on the parts of the ridge that the rover first encountered. Above is the Navcam view. At top … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Back in the saddle again

Sol 1865, November 6, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: On Sol 1864, Curiosity successfully got a move on from her inadvertent layover stop, which presented the science team with a new workspace, and a new view of the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rolling ahead

Sol 1864, November 3, 2017. After a 25-meter (82-foot) drive, Curiosity halted and looked ahead with its Navcam. The rover is near a geological contact with a darker, thinly stratified layer which overlies the rock it has been driving on. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Planning to drive again

Sol 1863, November 1, 2017, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Curiosity will finally be back on the move. The rover made an unexpected stop of nearly two weeks in the current location due to several things ranging from failed … Continue reading

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Vera Rubin Ridge brings out rover’s color talents

[Editor’s note: See also here.] Color-discerning capabilities that NASA’s Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge the rover is now climbing. These capabilities go beyond the thousands of full-color images … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Standing by

Sol 1861, October 31, 2017. Curiosity’s left Hazcams, front and rear, look out on the fractured rock atop Vera Rubin Ridge, where the rover is currently parked. Mission engineers and scientists are working through stubborn issues to do with the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: The curse of Vera Rubin Ridge strikes again

Sols 1861-61, October 30, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson: We are starting to suspect that Vera Rubin Ridge might be cursed. After the challenges we faced last week, we were hoping for a successful weekend plan but alas, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A working weekend

Sols 1858-60, October 27, 2017, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Following a series of setbacks this week, Curiosity is on track to have a productive, albeit stationary, weekend. Monday’s communication issue and Wednesday’s possible difficulties in delivering the “Ogunquit … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Take 2 (almost)!

Sols 1856-57, October 25, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: After Monday’s communications hiccup (detailed here) that prevented us from uplinking our two-sol plan, today we’re hoping to redo most of what we had in Monday’s plan. This primarily … Continue reading

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