Tag Archives: Murray Formation

Curiosity update: Preparing to drill

Sol 2484, August 1, 2019, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Today’s science activities were planned with the hopes of drilling our next target this weekend. The scientists on today’s shift were largely interested in characterizing the large block of … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Anticipating drill hole number three (and maybe number four…)

Sol 2483, August 1, 2019, update by MSL scientist Lucy Thompson: Planning today was focused on getting more compositional and textural information on top of this small ridge that we plan to attempt drilling at the weekend. This ridge is … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A drill with a view

Sols 2482-83, July 30, 2019, update by MSL scientist Mariah Baker: The rover is currently located in the southern part of the “Visionarium,” where we are set to start our next drill campaign, and we can’t help but take in … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Northern perspective

Sol 2480, July 29, 2019. From atop the Southern Outcrop, five Navcam frames profile the exposed rock in front of Curiosity, as well as the terrain it has crossed to get here — note the two wheel tracks as they … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: On the lookout for a drill site

Sol 2481, July 29, 2019, update by MSL scientist Vivian Sun: After a successful ascent to the top of the southern outcrop in the “Visionarium,” we are now searching for our next drill site. There were no bedrock exposures available … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Goin’ up

Sols 2478-80, July 27, 2019, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Over the last few weeks Curiosity has collected hundreds of spectacular images, like the one above, that document the layers and textures of rocks exposed in the “Visionarium.” (And … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Parked on the slope

Sol 2476, July 25, 2019. With Curiosity parked on the steep slope of the Southern Outcrop, the Navcam shot a composite that shows the terrain to the south. Click the image to enlarge it. Sol 2476 raw images (from all … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Records measured in degrees

Sol 2477, July 25, 2019, update by MSL scientist Susanne Schwenzer: Europeans, Californians… and many others on the team watched their thermometers rise to record highs today, reaching 36°C in this blogger’s hometown “Milton Keynes.” Thinking about planning, where we … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: The Southern Escarpment almost within reach

Sol 2476, July 24, 2019, update by MSL engineer Ashley Stroupe: This morning Curiosity found herself parked at the base of the southern escarpment of the Visionarium. She’s at a significant tilt of 21 degrees; you can see the slope … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Powering through!

Sol 2475, July 23, 2019, update by MSL scientist Dawn Sumner: It’s winter for Curiosity, and it’s cold. That means that we have to spend extra energy heating up the instruments and motors for our activities. All of our energy … Continue reading

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