Tag Archives: Quela

Curiosity update: A very busy weekend

Sol 1497-99, October 21, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: We’ve got quite a plan in store for the weekend, with every single instrument doing something, multiple arm activities, and a drive. Curiosity’s battery will be run all the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Successful drill!

Sol 1496, October 21, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Yesterday’s plan went well and we have a new drill hole on Mars! The plan for Sol 1496 starts with a ChemCam passive observation of the dump pile of … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Full drill

Sol 1495, October 19, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The thumbnail of the Sol 1494 MAHLI image showed that the Quela dump pile had been moved by the wind again!  The MAHLI team is concerned that windblown sand … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A windy sol

Sol 1494, October 18, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: When we looked at the latest data from MSL this morning, we noticed that the MAHLI and ChemCam RMI images of the Quela dump pile were unexpectedly offset from … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Soliday at Sebina

Sol 1491-92, October 17, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: With the weekend plan, we officially started our drill campaign on the target “Sebina,” so we will be staying in this location through the week. On Sol 1491 we … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Cleaning CheMin

Sol 1487-88, October 10, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: While some of us enjoyed the Columbus Day holiday, MSL continued working on Mars.  The rover drove over 36 meters on Sol 1485, and another drive is planned for … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Touch and go!

Sol 1480-81, October 3, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove 12.5 meters on Sol 1478, to an area with lots of nodules in the bedrock.  The tactical planning team decided to exercise the “touch and go” option, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Finishing up at Quela

Sol 1467-68, September 20, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The activities planned for Sol 1466 are going well so far–the only problem is that the ChemCam observation of the Quela drill hole wall is slightly out of focus.  So … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A new drill hole

Sol 1466, September 19, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: The second attempt to drill into Quela was successful, but there was a timing issue during sample manipulation in CHIMRA that resulted in premature halting of the Sol 1465 … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Drill troubleshooting

Sol 1462, September 16, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Unfortunately the Sol 1461 drilling activities did not complete as expected, so the Sol 1462 plan was focused on trying to understand the problem while also doing some remote … Continue reading

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