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Mars VR software wins NASA award

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA’s 2018 Software of the Year Award. OnSight uses imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover to create an immersive 3D terrain model, allowing users to wander … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Geology, it’s like investigating a crime scene

[Ed note: Post by planetary geologist Susanne Schwenzer, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK] Sometimes planetary geology is like forensics. We are presented with a crime scene: Something broke down the original igneous rock, and made all those clays, veins … Continue reading

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Curiosity team confident rover will bounce back from glitch

[From Space.com] It’s still unclear exactly what’s ailing NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, but mission team members are optimistic they can get the six-wheeled robot up and running again. Since last Saturday night (Sept. 15), Curiosity has had trouble beaming home … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Tell us more, we want to help!

Sols 2175-76, September 19, 2018, update by MSL project scientist Ashwin Vasavada: Over the past few days, engineers here at JPL have been working to address an issue on Curiosity that is preventing it from sending much of the science … Continue reading

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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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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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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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