Tag Archives: Pahrump Hills

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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Curiosity: Looking into Telegraph Peak drill hole

Sol 911, February 28, 2015. A nighttime LED image by MAHLI of the Telegraph Peak drill hole shows the “dry cement powder” color of the drill tailings and layers down in the hole itself. Part of the exposed wall shows … Continue reading

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