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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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Curiosity update: Bagnold Dunes 2: Electric Boogaloo

Sol 1602, February 7, 2017, update by USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: The weekend plan went well and today we begin the second half of the campaign to study the “Bagnold Dunes”. The Sol 1602 plan starts off with two Mastcam … Continue reading

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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: Ireson Hill, in Mastcam color

Sol 1598, February 3, 2017. Four hours before driving to a position to take the Ireson Hill image seen here, Curiosity used its Mastcam (with the 100mm lens) to shoot an incomplete color portrait of the hill. The reduced-size composite … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Celebrating Sol 1600 with ‘Whiskey’ and ‘Rye’

Sol 1600-01, February 3, 2017, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Wow, 1600 sols on Mars – that is quite an accomplishment!  And we’re at an exciting point in the traverse as we approach the next segment of the Bagnold … Continue reading

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