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Curiosity update: New MAHLI selfie

Sol 2082, June 14, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The investigation of the Duluth drill hole is going well, and is expected to continue on Sol 2082. First, MAHLI will take a picture of the drill tailings to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Just a bunch of dirt’

Sol 2081, June 13, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: The final several sols of Curiosity’s drill activities at “Duluth” are devoted mostly to imaging and to analysis of the pile of drill tailings that are dumped on the … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Communication back to normal

[NB: This update involves Curiosity, not Opportunity] Sol 2080, June 12, 2018, update by MSL scientist Roger Wiens: On Earth we have multiple means of communication – cell phone, text messages, land line, e-mail, and good old snail mail. On … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Quick change artist

Sol 2079, June 11, 2018, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Over the weekend, an error cropped up during a regular test of the high gain antenna actuators, leaving the antenna unavailable for uplink of today’s plan, but otherwise healthy. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dust on the horizon

Sol 2076-78, June 8, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today we planned a weekend’s worth of activities for Curiosity. For our weekend plan, we have two main priorities: perform another analysis with CheMin on our Duluth drill sample … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: It’s a SAMple party!

Sol 2075, June 7, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today, Sol 2075, was a fairly straightforward day of planning, as most of the plan will be devoted to carrying out a methane experiment with our SAM instrument to … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: And the crowd went wild

Sol 2074, June 6, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: Today we received the happy news that the SAM instrument received enough sample to conduct its “evolved gas” analysis of the powdered rock from our “Duluth” drill hole! This … Continue reading

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Curiosity finds ancient organic material and seasonally varying methane on Mars

[Editor’s note: press briefing video here.] NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the … Continue reading

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Data-mining offers new picture of Mars minerals

A team of scientists led by Carnegie’s Shaunna Morrison and including Bob Hazen have revealed the mineralogy of Mars at an unprecedented scale, which will help them understand the planet’s geologic history and habitability. Their findings are published in two … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Another CheMin analysis

Sol 2073, June 5, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The focus of MSL operations continues to be on the analysis of the Duluth drill sample. The latest SAM EGA was scheduled for the evening of Sol 2072, so … Continue reading

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