Tag Archives: Stoer

Curiosity update: Things that go bump…

Sols 2163-64, September 5, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lucy Thompson: In our case, the Curiosity rover! The main focus of our 2-sol (sol – martian day) plan today is to bump (drive ~15 m) the rover into place for … Continue reading

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Curiosity report, Sols 2093-2162, by Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society

September 6, 2018: Three Tries to Successful Drill Atop Vera Rubin Ridge: Heedless of the (now-dissipating) dust storm, Curiosity has achieved its first successful drill into rocks that form the Vera Rubin ridge, and is hopefully on the way to … Continue reading

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Curiosity surveys a mystery under dusty skies

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA’s Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge. The panorama includes umber skies, darkened by a fading global dust … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: The story of Stoer

Sol 2156 August 30, 2018, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: After an extremely productive couple of weeks, we are finishing up our work at Stoer! We’ll take some quick ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the tailings dump pile tosols … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Moving on

Sol 2156, August 30, 2018. Having finished operations at the Stoer site, Curiosity has driven toward the southeast about 130 feet (39 meters). The drive brought the rover onto a higher part of Vera Rubin Ridge and part of Mt … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: What a dump

Sol 2155 August 29, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson: Our second attempt at a dump was successful! The plan for Sol 2155 starts with a whole slew of Mastcam images to check out various components of the arm … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Stoer drill and dump sites

Sol 2154, August 28, 2018. With the rover parked at the Stoer drill site, the above Mastcam composite shows the drill site itself (right arrow) and the tailings dump site (left arrow). At right are MAHLI images of the two … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Look on the sunny side

Sol 2154, August 28, 2018, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: If all had gone according to plan over the weekend, we would see a nice pile of drill fines in the above image. Alas, a slight hiccup in the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Delivering the proper proportions

Sol 2150, August 24, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: The big question coming into today was whether to re-do the SAM analysis or not. Now that the drill is being operated with the feed immobile in the extended … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: No golf courses on Mars…yet

Sol 2149, August 22, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: With seventeen sampling holes and several test holes, you might imagine that Curiosity is creating a rather long and erratic golf course in Gale crater. After all, Alan Shepard … Continue reading

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