Tag Archives: Stimson Formation

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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Curiosity update: Finishing up at Ireson Hill

Sol 1610, February 14, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The activities planned for Sol 1609 went well, and MAHLI focus data indicate that high-resolution images of Perry were successfully acquired.  So we’re ready to drive away from Ireson … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Hematite Ridge in view ahead

Sol 1608, February 13, 2017. A composite of five Mastcam frames taken with the 34mm lens traces the Hematite Ridge (arrows), which lies beyond part of the Bagnold Dunes. The ridge, identified from orbit as containing the water-altered iron mineral … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Passagassawakeag and other challenges

Sol 1609, February 13, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL drove a little over 9 meters on Sol 1608, to get the vehicle closer to Ireson Hill and the dark blocks that have rolled down from the top … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Checking Ireson Hill’s stratigraphy

Sol 1608, February 13, 2017. The Navcam shot a three-frame composite image to capture the stratigraphic layers in the rocks exposed in Ireson Hill. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1608 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity update: Studying Ireson Hill

Sol 1606-08, February 10, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Our drive on Sol 1605 was successful, putting us in a good position for weekend science on the northeast side of Ireson Hill. The sol 1606 plan starts off … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Toward Ireson Hill

Sol 1604-05, February 10, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: On Sol 1604 we wrapped up at the first stop of this second phase of the Bagnold Dune campaign. The plan started off, as usual for the dune campaign, … Continue reading

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