Tag Archives: Vera Rubin Ridge

Curiosity: Driving along the ridge

Sol 1785, August 14, 2017. Curiosity turned east and drove for almost 30 meters (99 feet), then made a short dogleg turn to the northeast. The frames for the Navcam composite above were taken at the end of the drive. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Touch and go, two days in a row

Sol 1782, August 10, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Lately, one of our biggest science objectives is to conduct bedrock APXS measurements with every 5-meter climb in elevation. This allows us to systematically analyze geochemical changes in the … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Mastcam composite

Sol 1781, August 10, 2017. Mission planners deployed the Mastcam’s 34mm (wide angle) lens to survey near and more distant parts of Vera Rubin Ridge. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1781 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Driving again

Sol 1781, August 10, 2017. After a 32-meter (105-foot) drive to the south-southeast, Curiosity’s Navcam shot a profile of Mt. Sharp and Vera Rubin Ridge. Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1781 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest … Continue reading

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Curiosity sees Mars clouds scudding past

Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth’s ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five years ago this … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Five (Earth) years on Mars

Sol 1780, August 7, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michael Battalio: Welcome back to the first full day of operations after conjunction and the fifth anniversary of landing! Curiosity remained healthy over the month long break, so without missing a … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Easing back into mission planning

Sol 1777, August 4, 2017, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: As the solar conjunction stand-down comes to an end, we are easing back into operations planning, focusing on Sol 1780, which will be planned in detail on Monday. There … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Five years ago and 154 million miles away —

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars. On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Focus on the drill

Sol 1757, July 16, 2017. The Mastcam’s 34mm lens took a good look at the drill against a backdrop of Mt. Sharp.  Click image to enlarge it. Sol 1757 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.

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Curiosity update: Closing time

Sol 1756, July 14, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Today marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks. This made today’s planning feel as … Continue reading

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