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21 October 2017

Sol 1852: Feeding SAM some sand

Curiosity drove over 20 meters on Sol 1850, to an area with lots of bedrock exposed.

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17 October 2017

Sols 1848-1849: How far we’ve come

It wasn’t until I sat down to write this blog that I fully processed how far we’ve come and just how awesome Curiosity’s ‘office’ is.

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16 October 2017

Sol 1843-44: Winter is Coming

The seasons on Mars are long, and even though Curiosity is near the equator, the change in weather between the seasons is noticeable and winter is coming to Gale Crater.

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14 October 2017

Sol 1845-1847: Game of inches

There’s a line in the halftime scene of the movie ‘Any Given Sunday’: ‘life’s this game of inches…the margin for error is so small.’ The same is true on Mars.

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9 October 2017

Sols 1841-1842: Who ever said roving around Mars was easy?

When you take a step back and think about all of the things that must go right in order to perform scientific investigations on the surface of Mars, it’s hard to believe that we EVER get things accomplished!

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8 October 2017

Sol 1838: Planning on Limited Data

Curiosity takes in the view from Vera Rubin Ridge.

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4 October 2017

Sol 1836-1837: Frankenplan

Today we worked very hard to generate what we affectionately dubbed a ‘Frankenplan’…

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3 October 2017

Sol 1835: Limpopo, Ecca, and Lucknow

Curiosity’s 13.8 meter drive yestersol brought the rover a few meters higher on Vera Rubin Ridge to a bit of a plateau.

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2 October 2017

Sol 1834: Partial Success: Ogunquit Beach Sample Delivered to CheMin

Over the weekend Curiosity worked on a bold plan to drop off a sample in the inlet of the CheMin instrument.

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1 October 2017

Sol 1831: Quite a Diffracting Weekend!

The Curiosity rover science team has been waiting quite a long time for this moment…

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30 September 2017

Sol 1830: We’ve got the power

With apologies to Montgomery Scott, ‘we do not have the power…,’ but we will, as today was about keeping our state of charge up in preparation for possible CheMin activities in a near-future plan.

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27 September 2017

Sol 1829: Hello Kuruman!

As was predicted in yesterday’s blog, Curiosity has officially left the ‘Bar Harbor’ quadrangle and is now into the ‘Kuruman’ quadrangle.

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26 September 2017

Sol 1828: Bye Bye Bar Harbor

If today’s drive goes as planned, Curiosity will leave the Bar Harbor quadrangle behind, so today’s blog will honor the Maine heritage of our long-time home.

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25 September 2017

Sol 1827: It’s déjà vu all over again

Just when we thought we were going to leave this spot on Mars, we found ourselves stuck here for yet another sol.

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New study may help identify areas with and without accessible water ice on Mars

New findings reveal deposits on Mars that could be interpreted to be ice-rich may contain little or no ice at all, based on an analysis of radar sounder data for Meridiani Planum—an area on the planet’s equator being explored by the Opportunity rover. This new insight into Meridiani Planum may help identify areas with and without accessible water ice, a resource critical to future human exploration and possible colonization of Mars.

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23 September 2017

Sol 1824-1826: Reality and Fantasy Collide

At times, it seems like fantasy that we have a nuclear-powered car exploring Mars and that I get to help that exploration, including today as the Science Operations Working Group Chair.

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21 September 2017

Sol 1823: "Will you come with me, sweet Reader?"

Curiosity continues her traverse across the lowermost portions of Vera Rubin Ridge, where she continues to investigate the interesting rock textures and colors ahead.

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20 September 2017

Sol 1822: Onward and upward!

Curiosity successfully completed contact science activities at ‘Pennessewassee’ and ‘Passadumkeag’.

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19 September 2017

Sol 1821: Heading for Half a Million Laser Shots

Yestersol Curiosity missed its ‘phone call’ from Earth due to a small issue at one of NASA’s Deep Space Network stations.

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Sol 1820: What lay beneath

Curiosity’s weekend ‘Brushfest’ (link to Ken’s weekend blog) paid off, revealing the stunning purple color of the rocks of this part of the Vera Rubin Ridge…

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