Tag Archives: Pahrump Hills

Curiosity: Close-up on Garden City

Sol 930, March 19, 2015. To help mission scientists plan observations, the MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager) shoots a multi-frame composite of a complex target area in a small part of the Garden City outcrop. (Click on the image to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Arm science’

Sol 930-931, March 18, 2015, update from USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The MAHLI team was well prepared for contact science today, but had to scramble to react to news early this morning that the right front wheel is perched on … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Dunes and rocks down Artist’s Drive

Sol 926, March 15, 2015. Curiosity’s Mastcam, in wide-angle mode, looked down Artist’s Drive, the rover’s (eventual) exit path from the Pahrump Hills outcrop. Note the mix of low dunes and the rock-strewn valley floor. (Click the image to open … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Checking out Garden City’

Sol 928-929, March 16, 2015, update from USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Over the weekend, Curiosity bumped closer to the target “Garden City” located in “Artist’s Drive.”  “Garden City” is an intriguing target because it contains a lot of really big … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Garden City

Sol 926, March 15, 2015. The target dubbed Garden City shows mineral “blades” rising above the cracks in the bedrock, in this multi-Navcam composite. (Click the image to open a larger version in a new tab.) In other locations in … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking ahead to Artist’s Drive

Sol 924, March 13, 2015. Curiosity’s route “out of Dodge” lies toward the southwest through a small valley which rover drivers have dubbed Artist’s Drive. This two-frame Navcam composite shows the start of the valley (click the image to open … Continue reading

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Curiosity’s arm delivers rock powder sample

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used its robotic arm Wednesday, March 11, to sieve and deliver a rock-powder sample to an onboard instrument. The sample was collected last month before the team temporarily suspended rover arm movement pending analysis of a … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Getting out of Dodge’

Sol 923, March 11, 2015, update from USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: The plan for today, as our SOWG (Science Operations Working Group) chair put it, is to “get out of Dodge”! We will be driving to a location where we … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Diagnostic testing

Sol 918-920, March 6, 2015, update from USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: More diagnostic data are needed to fully understand the cause of the Sol 911 fault, so no arm activities are planned for this weekend. The Mastcam thermal characterization will … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Mastcam thermal characterization

Sol 917, February 27, 2015, update from USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: I’m MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, but there hasn’t been much for me to do because of the restriction on arm activities following last week’s fault.  The arm is being … Continue reading

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