Tag Archives: Vera Rubin Ridge

Curiosity: Mastcam reaches out

Sol 2311, February 5, 2019. The two Mastcam lenses (34mm and 100mm) were put to use profiling Vera Rubin Ridge (above, with the 34mm lens) and an outcrop (below, 100mm), both seen from down on the rolling terrain of the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Cruising the clay-bearing unit

Sols 2313-14, February 6, 2019, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: Curiosity is cruising through the clay-bearing unit on some compacted clast-rich soil, seen in this capture from Navcam. It’s some of the best driving terrain we’ve encountered in Gale … Continue reading

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Curiosity report, Sols 2257-2312, by Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society

Two thousand, three hundred and two Martian days. That is how long it took from landing day for Curiosity to reach the “clay-bearing unit.” The clay-bearing unit is a region at the base of Mount Sharp where Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Targeting small bedrock patches, pebbles, and soil

Sols 2311-12, February 4, 2019, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: The accompanying image shows the target “Brent” in the lower right corner; it was analyzed with ChemCam and APXS, and imaged with MAHLI over the weekend. It is a … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking ahead, and farther ahead

Sol 2306, January 31, 2019. Curiosity’s Navcam took a composite showing the rolling surface of the clay-bearing unit directly before the rover (above), while the Remote Micro-Imager looked off into the distance to profile a hill (below).  Click either image … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: In the clay unit

Sols 2304-05, January 29, 2019, update by MSL scientist Christopher Edwards: Today’s plan found Curiosity solidly in new territory and the view couldn’t be more different than the patchy bedrock of the Vera Rubin Ridge. The workspace for the next … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Farewell to Vera Rubin Ridge

NASA’s Curiosity rover has taken its last selfie on Vera Rubin Ridge and descended toward a clay region of Mount Sharp. The twisting ridge on Mars has been the rover’s home for more than a year, providing scientists with new … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Looking forward to the clay-bearing unit

Sols 2301-03, January 28, 2019, update by MSL scientist Ryan Anderson: This weekend’s plan started off on Sol 2301 with some Mastcam atmospheric observations, followed by ChemCam analysis of “Loch Ness” and “Loch Skeen,” examples of brown and gray bedrock. … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Charting a path forward

Sol 2302, January 27, 2019. Curiosity’s Navcam shot a new composite of the scenery ahead, after a sequence of drives totaling a little over 27 meters (88 feet). Click the image to enlarge it. Sol 2302 raw images (from all … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Clay-bearing viewpoint

Sol 2299, January 24, 2019. Using its wide-angle (34mm) camera, Curiosity’s Mastcam shot a five-frame view overlooking the reverse slope of Vera Rubin Ridge (foreground and top left). Mission scientists and engineers are planning to drive Curiosity down off the … Continue reading

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