Tag Archives: Murray Formation

Curiosity update: ChemCam sick

Sol 1586-88, January 20, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove another 13 meters on Sol 1585, again placing the rover in a good position for contact science.  But the telemetry also showed that ChemCam had been marked … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Examining Jewell

Sol 1585, January 19, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: After a 31-meter drive on Sol 1584, MSL is in position for contact science on a block of bedrock in front of the rover.  So, as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead … Continue reading

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Curiosity: South vista & Ireson Hill

Sol 1584, January 19, 2017. Curiosity drove some 30 meters (100 feet) south from yesterday’s position, and its sand-patch-dodging path has brought it slightly closer to Ireson Hill. Seen in the Navcam composite below, the hill is now about 100 … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Touch and go at Frost Pond

Sol 1584, January 18, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: On Sol 1583 Curiosity drove 16 m, which set us up for touch-and-go contact science today.  I was the GKOP again, and it was a fun day of planning … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ireson Hill & distant butte

Sol 1583, January 18, 2017. After driving 16 meters (55 feet) south-southwest, Curiosity used its Navcam to image Ireson Hill (left) and a more distant butte almost superimposed. From this point Ireson Hill lies about 100 meters away, while the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Driving and remote sensing

Sol 1583, January 17, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: The 4-sol weekend plan went well, and Curiosity drove ~ 44 m further to the south.  I was the GKOP today and it was a fairly straightforward plan focused … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Possible mud cracks at Old Soaker

Scientists used NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud. “Mud cracks are the most likely scenario here,” said Curiosity science team member Nathan … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ames Knob, nickel-iron meteorite

Sol 1577, January 12, 2017. The rover’s Mastcam (100mm lens) imaged what appears to be a small nickel-iron meteorite, dubbed Ames Knob. It is similar in appearance and chemical makeup to Egg Rock, found last fall. (Click image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Outlier butte

Sol 1580, January 15, 2017. The Mastcam, using its 100mm telephoto lens, shot a six-frame composite (4.5 MB) of a distant outlier butte. It lies about a kilometer (3,200 feet) southwest of Curiosity. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1580 … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A 4-sol plan

Sol 1579-82, January 13, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: After a 25-meter drive on Sol 1578, MSL is surrounded by more dark sand than usual, but there is enough rock exposed that we had a lot of science … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Investigating sedimentary structures

Sol 1578, January 12, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Curiosity had a successful drive of 45 m on Sol 1577.  We’re continuing to characterize the Murray formation by investigating changes in composition and sedimentary structures as we ascend … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Rugged rock, then more sand ahead

Sol 1578, January 13, 2017. Curiosity used the MAHLI to investigate Megunticook rock outcrop (above), then moved in for a closeup (below). Both images enlarge when clicked. At right, after driving onward, the Hazcam shows the rover has reached a … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Another touch and go

Sol 1577, January 11, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove almost 30 meters on Sol 1576, stopping in a location with a nice exposure of bedrock in the arm workspace.  MAHLI’s optics look clean, so we planned … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Arm fault

Sol 1576, January 10, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL planning started 2 hours later than usual today because the Sol 1575 data needed for planning weren’t expected until almost 10 AM PST.  Unfortunately, the news was not … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Investigating Dorr Mountain

Sol 1575, January 9, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: After a 25-meter drive on Sol 1574, MSL again has bedrock exposed in her arm workspace.  To balance desires to sample the composition of the rocks along the traverse … Continue reading

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