Tag Archives: Peace Vallis

Curiosity update: Take only pictures, leave only wheel tracks

Sol 2011, April 2, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson: After the weekend drive, the rover ended up in a spot that was a little too unstable to pass the Slip Risk Assessment Process (SRAP). That means that there … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Taking our time for science

Sol 1991-92, March 12, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson: After a successful weekend plan, the team decided that for the sol 1991-1992 plan, we would trade a longer-distance drive in favor of some “touch and go” contact science. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Clear vistas on Mars

Sol 1986, March 8, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Seasons make a big difference for Mars vistas. Tosol Mars is at solar longitude 139, meaning that it is halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox in the southern … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Back to science

Sol 1980, March 1, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today, Sol 1980, we’re taking a break from drilling activities to continue with our remote science campaign at our current location. We have three science blocks in today’s plan, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Layers of fun!

Sol 1927-28, January 5, 2018, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Today’s image is a color version of part of the workspace image from the Sol 1925-1926 blog, which shows in greater detail the numerous layers and color variations that … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Peace Vallis alluvial fan in Gale Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 22, 2016. Today’s false color image shows part of Gale Crater. Gale Crater is the home of the Curiosity Rover. The channel descending from the rim rocks at top is called Peace Vallis, and a … Continue reading

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Lakes in Gale Crater, post-Mt. Sharp

The sequence and timing of transient lakes in Gale Crater are important to understanding the delta deposits found by Curiosity on Gale’s floor. Writing in the Journal of Geophyscial Research, a team of scientists led by Marisa Palucis (California Institute … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Locating RMI’s ‘distant deposits’

Sol 1264, February 25, 2016. The red boxes on two Navcam images outline the locations of two recent RMI mosaics seen here. Taken at long range by the rover’s Remote Micro-Imager, the mosaics show deposits far away to the north … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking at distant deposits

Sol 1263, February 24, 2016. The ChemCam’s Remote Micro-Imager shot two long-range, multi-frame views showing features of the terrain at the foot of Gale Crater’s rim. One series of images centers almost due north (above, toward 355°), the other northwest … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Driving toward Naukluft Plateau

Sol 1262-63, February 22, 2016, update from USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: We’re gearing up for a nice long drive toward the “Naukluft Plateau” in today’s plan! The sol 1262 plan starts off with ChemCam of the bedrock targets “Gemsboktal” and … Continue reading

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