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20 January 2017

Sol 1585: Examining "Jewell"

Later in the afternoon, Mastcam will measure the amount of dust in the atmosphere and Navcam will search again for dust devils. After the usual MARDI twilight image is taken, ChemCam will perform some calibration activities at various temperatures.

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Sols 1586-1588: ChemCam sick

ChemCam had been marked “sick,” so we will not be able to use ChemCam this weekend while the problem is diagnosed. The weekend plan is still pretty full, though!

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18 January 2017

Sol 1584: Touch and go at Frost Pond

On Sol 1583 Curiosity drove 16 m, which set us up for touch-and-go contact science today. I was the GKOP again, and it was a fun day of planning contact science and remote sensing.

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15 January 2017

Sols 1579-1582: A 4-sol plan

We’ll use the laser to zap rock targets “Oak Bay” and “Rockport” and take Right Mastcam images of them.

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11 January 2017

Sol 1577: Another touch and go

After the drive and the post-drive imaging needed to plan Sol 1578 activities, Navcam will acquire a panorama and search for dust devils and clouds.

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10 January 2017

Sol 1576: Arm fault

Curiosity planning started 2 hours later than usual today because the Sol 1575 data needed for planning weren’t expected until almost 10 AM PST. Unfortunately, the news was not good: An arm fault prevented the MAHLI full suite from completing, leaving the camera close to the surface with its dust cover open.

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8 January 2017

Sols 1572-1574: New diagnostics

Fortunately, we are able to do everything except drilling while the investigation continues, but the team has decided not to try again to drill at Precipice, and to continue driving up the flank of Aeolis Mons (“Mount Sharp”).

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5 January 2017

Sol 1571: Leaving Old Soaker

The arm will be unstowed to allow Navcam and Left Mastcam to take pictures of the area in front of the rover to aid planning for this weekend.

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4 January 2017

Sol 1570: Finishing up at Old Soaker

If all of this goes well, we will be ready to drive away from Old Soaker on Sol 1571.

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21 December 2016

Sols 1566-1568: Preparing for the holidays

“…we’ll dive right back in to a campaign investigating some interesting fracture patterns at “Old Soaker,” seen in the Mastcam image.”

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19 December 2016

Sols 1555-1557: Lots of Targets!

It’s been quite a while since we had a plan with this many new target names!

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14 December 2016

Sols 1550-1551: More drill testing

It’s been an exciting week so far!

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12 December 2016

Sols 1548-1549: Still at Precipice

The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting is happening this week, so many scientists on the team (your trusty bloggers included!) are either in San Francisco or on their way here. Tomorrow morning is the main session discussing the latest Curiosity results, and there will be a press conference at 11:30am (California time) that you can watch live!

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9 December 2016

Sols 1545-1547: Moving again!

It’s great to be moving again with a very full weekend plan!

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8 December 2016

Sol 1544: Diagnostics and Remote Sensing

…In the meantime, the science team is getting ready for the American Geophysical Union conference next week, so we had some great science discussion presentations that will be shared at the meeting next week!

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7 December 2016

Sol 1543: Motor controller fault

Early in the morning of Sol 1544, Navcam will search for clouds and dust devils, Mastcam will measure dust in the atmosphere, and both cameras will re-attempt the photometry observations that were planned yesterday.

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6 December 2016

Sol 1542: More drill testing

Curiosity’s ChemCam will observe Hunters Beach again to further investigate the the chemical variations that LIBS measured there previously. ChemCam and the Right Mastcam will also observe bedrock targets “Sargent Mountain” and “Youngs Mountain.” Finally, Navcam and Mastcam will take one more set of images at 8 AM on Sol 1543, to complete the photometry dataset started on Sol 1537.

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5 December 2016

Sol 1541: Change detection

This is really important for planning MAHLI observations, because we’ve noticed a lot of movement of fines through this area at this time of year, and we’ve mostly been taking MAHLI images with the dust cover closed to protect the instrument. If we can better understand when and where the sand is most active, we can better plan MAHLI observations, and we can improve our understanding of the eolian environment!

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3 December 2016

Sols 1538-1540: Targeted Remote Sensing

We’re still at the “Precipice” site, assessing the composition and sedimentary structures in the Murray bedrock and carrying out some long distance observations.

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1 December 2016

Sol 1537: Drill fault

The drill failed, so onto other science while the drill fault is studied.

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