Tag Archives: Vera Rubin Ridge

Curiosity update: False alarm!

Sols 2143-44, August 16, 2018, update by MSL scientist Brittney Cooper: The planning day began with an interesting result from the previous plan’s ChemCam RMI analysis of a target that was referred to as “Pettegrove Point Foreign Object Debris” (PPFOD), … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Taking a closer look at the Stoer sample

Sols 2141-42, August 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ashley Stroupe: In today’s plan, Curiosity begins analysis of the long-awaited Pettegrove Point drill sample at the “Stoer” target, which was successfully collected last week (and I had the pleasure of … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Success at Pettegrove Point!

Sols 2138-40, August 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Catherine O’Connell-Cooper: On our third attempt at drilling within the Pettegrove Point member on the Vera Rubin Ridge, we have success! Curiosity has successfully drilled, and generated a pile of drill … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Successful drilling at Stoer

Sol 2136, August 9, 2018. Must be a case of third-time-lucky — Curiosity’s drill dug into the Pettegrove Point rock at Stoer and produced a respectable pile of tailings around the drill hole. Click the image to enlarge it. (Pre-drill … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Try, try, and try again

Sols 2136-37, August 8, 2018, update by MSL scientist Sarah Lamm: After two sols of analyzing our intended drill site in the Pettegrove Point member, we began plans to drill the target “Stoer.” Stoer has had Mastcam images, MAHLI images, … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Mastcam scouts the Stoer drill site

Sol 2132, August 5, 2018. Curiosity’s Mastcam (34 mm lens) looked down and documented the proposed drill site, dubbed Stoer, for the third attempt to penetrate the hematite-hardened rock atop Vera Rubin Ridge. Below is another Mastcam composite, one which … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Third time’s a charm?

Sols 2134-35, August 6, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: After a weekend full of contact science, remote science, and driving, Curiosity arrived at her next drill site within the Pettegrove Point member. Our previous two drilling attempts within … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Color abounds in Pettegrove Point

Sols 2131-33, August 6, 2018, update by MSL scientist Vivian Sun: Curiosity is currently preparing to bump to her next drill site in the Pettegrove Point member, but not before gathering many observations at our current location. There are interesting … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dude, where’s my data?

Sol 2129, August 1, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: Curiosity is currently on her way to a potentially softer rock target to drill in the Pettegrove Point member of Vera Rubin Ridge. Today was a late slide sol, … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: In search of softer rocks

Sol 2128, July 31, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson: On Sol 2128, Curiosity will continue toward our third potential drill site within the Pettegrove Point member of Vera Rubin Ridge, where we are hoping to find slightly softer … Continue reading

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