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Curiosity: Mastcam looks southeast

Sol 1643, March 21, 2017. The Mastcam (using its 34-mm lens) shot a five-frame composite looking southeast. On the left it catches a few outlier Murray Buttes, then captures layered rocks near and far. Click the image (5 MB) to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Another touch and go

Sol 1482-83, October 5, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove another 35 meters on Sol 1480, stopping at a location with a layered bedrock exposure right in front of the rover.  So the tactical planning team decided … Continue reading

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Curiosity begins next Mars chapter

After collecting drilled rock powder in arguably the most scenic landscape yet visited by a Mars rover, NASA’s Curiosity mobile laboratory is driving toward uphill destinations as part of its two-year mission extension that commenced Oct. 1. The destinations include … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Outlook, fore and aft

Sol 1473, September 27, 2016. After all the recent driving, including 16 meters (53 feet) today, Curiosity is now well away from the Murray Buttes seen in the rear Hazcam view, below right. Meanwhile, at near right, the front Hazcam … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Leaving Murray Buttes

Sol 1469, September 22, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove over 87 meters on Sol 1468, toward an outcrop named “Karasburg.”  The Sol 1469 plan includes another drive toward Karasburg, after ChemCam and Mastcam sample a local … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Murray Buttes outliers

Sol 1468, September 22, 2016. Three Navcam frames (1.7 MB) show the ground ahead, as Curiosity drives away from the Murray Buttes. Yet the rover is not entirely beyond the buttes, as outliers stand at left and also in line … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Finishing up at Quela

Sol 1467-68, September 20, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The activities planned for Sol 1466 are going well so far–the only problem is that the ChemCam observation of the Quela drill hole wall is slightly out of focus.  So … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A new drill hole

Sol 1466, September 19, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: The second attempt to drill into Quela was successful, but there was a timing issue during sample manipulation in CHIMRA that resulted in premature halting of the Sol 1465 … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Mt. Sharp views, MAHLI & Navcam

Sol 1463, September 17, 2016. While the rover’s science team focuses mainly on the drill site, the color Mars Hand-Lens Imager (MAHLI) and the grayscale Navcam take a look at the scenery ahead. Above, MAHLI’s view (3.2 MB); below, the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Drill troubleshooting

Sol 1462, September 16, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Unfortunately the Sol 1461 drilling activities did not complete as expected, so the Sol 1462 plan was focused on trying to understand the problem while also doing some remote … Continue reading

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