Tag Archives: Sebina

Curiosity: Drill brake issue, ChemCam, REMS, and the terrain ahead

[Editor note: Blog post by Emily Lakdawalla, the Planetary Society] Since my last update, the Curiosity mission has developed a better understanding of the problem that prevented them from drilling at Precipice, but its intermittent nature has slowed the development … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Drill fault

Sol 1537, December 1, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Unfortunately, the much-anticipated rotary-only drilling experiment did not even start due to a drill fault that is currently being investigated.  This type of drill fault appears to be unrelated … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Cross-contamination experiment

Sol 1535, November 29, 2016, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The current drill campaign continues to go smoothly, and the Sol 1535 plan is dominated by an experiment to see if any Sebina sample material is left inside the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Preparing to drill

Sol 1534, November 28, 2016, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Curiosity had a productive Thanksgiving weekend and now we are getting ready to drill at “Precipice.”  Sol 1534 begins with MAHLI imaging of the post-sieve dump pile from the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: What’s lurking in Blackwoods and Witch Hole Pond?

Sol 1507, October 31, 2016, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Happy Halloween from Mars! Over the weekend Curiosity drove 51 m further to the south, and we continue to investigate the Murray formation.  I was the GSTL and KOP … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Welcome to Bar Harbor

Sol 1501, October 25, 2016, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: On Sol 1500 Curiosity drove 30 m to the south, crossing into a quadrangle that we informally named “Bar Harbor,” after Bar Harbor, Maine.  As a reminder, prior to … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Onward and southward

Sol 1500, October 25, 2016. A landmark sol (!), and five Navcam frames capture the view ahead of the rover after it rolls away from the Sebina drill hole. At left and right edges stand outliers of the Murray Buttes, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: So long, Sebina!

Sol 1500, October 24, 2016, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Over the weekend Curiosity completed her investigation of the “Sebina” drill site, and we’re back on the road again.  Before we hit the road we took another MAHLI image … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Mastcam pair at Sebina drill hole

Sol 1498, October 23, 2016. The Mastcam shot the Sebina drill hole with both lenses, the 34mm wide-angle lens (top right) and the 100mm. The color difference between them may result from the 3h+ that elapsed between the two images. … Continue reading

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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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