Tag Archives: Vera Rubin Ridge

Curiosity: Roving the clay-enriched plains

Sol 2432, June 10, 2019. After a lengthy drive across the pebbled surface, Curiosity is parked near low outcroppings of bedrock. Click either image to enlarge it. Sol 2432 raw images (from all cameras).  

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Curiosity: Where next?

Sol 2429, June 7, 2019. Two Navcam composites, one forward-facing (above) and one to the rear, show Curiosity’s surroundings. Click either image to enlarge it. Sol 2428 raw images (from all cameras).

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Curiosity: Hazcam shows Morningside

Sol 2426, June 3, 2019. With Curiosity parked at Morningside, the front Hazcam took a scene-setting image showing the layered outcrop (center) and its surroundings, with Vera Rubin Ridge in the background at right. Click the image to enlarge it. … Continue reading

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Curiosity catches clouds, and a cache of clay

NASA’s Curiosity rover has confirmed that the region on Mars it’s exploring, called the “clay-bearing unit,” is well deserving of its name. Two samples the rover recently drilled at rock targets called “Aberlady” and “Kilmarie” have revealed the highest amounts … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Return to Woodland Bay

Sol 2420, May 28, 2019. Two sets of Curiosity wheel tracks are visible at right in this Navcam composite view. Mission scientists commanded the rover to return to a possible drill site, the layered outcrop dubbed Woodland Bay (circled), first … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Easy driving

Sols 2419-21, May 28, 2019, update by MSL scientist Dawn Sumner: We’ve left multiple tracks across the cobblestone plain of Glen Torridon. This image shows our current view to the northeast, with the slope of Mount Sharp on the right … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Next drill target?

Sol 2414, May 22, 2019. After a 6-meter (19-foot) drive to the north-northeast, the forward Hazcam (right) shows the scene as Curiosity squares up to a small flat outcrop dubbed Broad Cairn, possibly a new drill target. Above is the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Back to work after a weekend at the beach

Sol 2413, May 20, 2019, update by MSL scientist Mariah Baker: After spending the weekend playing in the sand of a nearby ripple field, Curiosity is back on the move, searching for our next drill target. Since nothing in our … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ripples along the ridge

Sol 2412, May 20, 2019. So that Curiosity can investigate the nearby sand ripple targets, mission controllers have been driving the rover on the edge of the sands that lie in a wind shadow along the south side of Vera … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ripple studies

Sol 2408, May 16, 2019. With Curiosity parked at the edge of a field of sand ripples, mission scientists directed the Navcam to image the ripple field leading up to Vera Rubin Ridge (above). Then the camera imaged part of … Continue reading

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