Tag Archives: MSL

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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Curiosity update: Go for drill at Inverness

Sols 2170-71, September 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Catherine O’Connell: In our previous plan, we assessed the suitability of the Inverness target for drilling. We used APXS to determine if it fell within the required geochemical parameters, first brushing … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Inverness gets the brush-off

Sol 2168, September 11, 2018. Before and after, by MAHLI: Inverness gets the brush-off as part of the drill-site assessment.  Click either image to enlarge it. Sol 2168 raw images (from all cameras).  

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Curiosity update: Starting the drill campaign at ‘Inverness’

Sols 2168-69, September 11, 2018, update by MSL scientist Kristen Bennett: In the weekend plan Curiosity drove to an area that the team thought would be a good location for the next drill site on Vera Rubin Ridge. The drive … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: It always looks grayer on the other side!

Sols 2165-67, September 10, 2018, update by MSL scientist Sean Czarnecki: Curiosity’s last plan didn’t quite get our intrepid rover close enough to our next potential drill location in the gray bedrock that is visually distinct on this part of … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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Curiosity: Looking around at its new location

Sol 2166, September 9, 2018. Following a couple of drives, Curiosity is now parked facing generally northwest, while to the south (below) the lower reaches of Mt. Sharp stand behind the rear of the rover. Click either image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Things that go bump…

Sols 2163-64, September 5, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lucy Thompson: In our case, the Curiosity rover! The main focus of our 2-sol (sol – martian day) plan today is to bump (drive ~15 m) the rover into place for … Continue reading

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Curiosity report, Sols 2093-2162, by Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society

September 6, 2018: Three Tries to Successful Drill Atop Vera Rubin Ridge: Heedless of the (now-dissipating) dust storm, Curiosity has achieved its first successful drill into rocks that form the Vera Rubin ridge, and is hopefully on the way to … Continue reading

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