Tag Archives: Stimson Formation

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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Curiosity update: Delayed planning

Sol 1614-16, February 17, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Sol 1612 drive went well, and there is a nice bedrock block in the arm workspace.  We received a bit more data than expected before planning started, but … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Hazcams, fore and aft

Sol 1612, February 17, 2017. Classic views from the Hazcams, front and back. Mt. Sharp on the horizon ahead and Ireson Hill behind on the right. The Bagnold Sands make a sea out of which layered rocks rise like islands. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Planning challenges

Sol 1612-13, February 16, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: After a 23-meter drive on Sol 1611, MSL again ended up in an area with many bedrock blocks partly covered by dark sand.  We’re planning two sols today to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Patch Mountain

Sol 1611, February 15, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove almost 27 meters on Sol 1610 to a location with several potential targets, so the planning team spent some time discussing priorities.  A dark patch of bedrock, … Continue reading

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