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Curiosity: Hazcam views, fore and aft

Sol 1665, April 12, 2017. A bright day in Gale Crater on Mars, and Curiosity stands partway across its rock-and-sand path toward Vera Rubin Ridge and eventually Mt. Sharp. At top right is the view from the front Hazcam, while … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge, continued

Sol 1661, April 8, 2017. The Remote Micro-Imager continues its survey of Vera Rubin (originally Hematite) Ridge. Click the image to see a larger version. (Earlier section here.) Sol 1661 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge, in part

Sol 1657, April 4, 2017. With Curiosity parked at Ogunquit Beach, the Remote Micro-Imager’s far-seeing capabilities let mission scientists shoot a 10-frame composite of part of Vera Rubin Ridge (formerly named Hematite Ridge).  This is the next major scientific waypoint … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: April Fool’s Day or Groundhog’s Day?

Sol 1657-58, April 4, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Over the weekend there was a problem with the Deep Space Network that we rely on to transmit commands to Curiosity, so the rover didn’t receive its instructions and … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: MAHLI diagnostics and remote sensing

Sol 1623-24, February 27, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Today’s two-sol plan is devoted to MAHLI diagnostics and remote sensing.  It’s another late slide sol, so planning started three and half hours later than usual.  The plan kicks … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking around from dune stop #2

Sol 1619, February 24, 2017. The Navcam looks southward toward Mt. Sharp across the Bagnold sands (above), while the right front Hazcam details the arm’s placement over the sand surface, with buttes in the background (right). Click either image to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: A second stop at the dunes

Sol 1618, February 22, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: The drive on Sol 1617 went well, and Curiosity drove 20 m to the south, which put us in a good position for another stop at the Bagnold Dunes.  … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Leaving the buttes behind

Sol 1617, February 22, 2017. A three-frame composite by Curiosity’s Navcam shows the buttes (Ireson Hill at right) receding as the rover drives onto the edge of the Bagnold sands. Note the imprints of its wheels at right as they … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Re-attempt the drive

Sol 1617, February 22, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The drive planned for Sol 1616 halted early, apparently because the right rear wheel got stuck between two rocks.  The mobility team concluded that it is safe to continue, … Continue reading

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Curiosity: MAHLI puts in a night’s work

Sol 1615, February 20, 2017. At about 1:30 p.m., the Hazcam recorded the instrument arm on the rock in front of Curiosity. In the dead of night, 10 hours earlier, the MAHLI turned on its LED light and shot a … Continue reading

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