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Curiosity: Higher levels ahead

Sol 1822, September 21, 2017. Mission controllers have driven Curiosity about 40 meters (82 feet) drive to the south-southeast. As the Navcam looks ahead, upper surface of Vera Rubin Ridge is revealing stepped layers not far away. These are visible … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Onward and upward!

Sol 1822, September 21, 2017, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: On Sol 1821, Curiosity successfully completed contact science activities at “Pennessewassee” and “Passadumkeag”. Perhaps in an effort to get to more easily pronounceable rock targets, today’s tactical team planned … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Nose on the pavement

Sol 1821, September 20, 2017. Curiosity continues its exploration of the bare rock “pavement” on top of Vera Rubin Ridge, as seen in the front and rear Hazcams. (The rear image is speckly with noise.) Click either image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Heading for half a million laser shots

Sol 1821, September 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: Communication ties our lives together. If phone or internet service goes out in our area, sometimes we have to put our lives on hold for a few minutes or … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: What lay beneath

Sol 1820, September 19, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Curiosity’s weekend “Brushfest” paid off, revealing the stunning purple color of the rocks of this part of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) hiding below the veneer of dust on … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Brushfest

Sol 1818-19, September 16, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: We are planning only 2 sols today because there will be a soliday on Sunday to get us back in sync with “Mars time” in Gale Crater. The focus … Continue reading

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Curiosity: MAHLI goes to work on the ridge-top

Sol 1816, September 15, 2017. With Curiosity parked on top of Vera Rubin Ridge, scientists are starting to examine rocks in its vicinity. Above is part of a Mastcam composite taken on Sol 1814; it enlarges when clicked. (More complete … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Ridge-top rock, broken and layered

Sol 1814, September 13, 2017. Curiosity’s Mastcam turned its gaze downward to image the rock surface next to the rover. Seen close-up (click the image), the rocks are finely layered, but heavily broken and eroded, with pebbles and sand collecting … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Stopping to smell the rocks

Sol 1815-16, September 14, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: Planning for Curiosity this morning was a bit like reading a great mystery novel. There were several twists and turns along the way, but we eventually reached an exciting … Continue reading

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Curiosity’s views on approach to Vera Rubin Ridge

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has begun the steep ascent of an iron-oxide-bearing ridge that’s grabbed scientists’ attention since before the car-sized rover’s 2012 landing. “We’re on the climb now, driving up a route where we can access the layers we’ve … Continue reading

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