Tag Archives: Murray Buttes

Curiosity: Northern view and ridgeline

Sol 1807, September 5, 2017. Six Navcam frames make a composite looking generally north over the lower slopes of Vera Rubin Ridge, the Murray Buttes, the Bagnold Dunes, and the floor of Gale Crater extending to the rim which is … Continue reading

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Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability

Boron compounds play role in stabilizing sugars needed to make RNA, a key to life. The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet, according to a paper published … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking back — and ahead

Sol 1799, August 28, 2017. Curiosity’s Navcam looks back toward the north and shows how far up the slope of Mt. Sharp the rover has driven. The low, dark mesas in the middle distance are the Murray Buttes, which rose … Continue reading

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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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