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23 April 2017

Thousands Stand Up for Mankind’s Greatest Invention- Science

Thousands of scientists from around the world did something that seemed unimaginable a few years ago. They stood up and made their voices heard in defense of science. Thousands of scientists braved a steady light rain and cool temperatures to gather on the Mall in Washington today and then marched toward the Capitol. The rain was not a surprise because the forecast for the day was nearly spot-on (thanks to …

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12 April 2017

NASA Releases New Black Marble Image

The Suomi Satellite MODIS VIIRS (my mistake- sorry. Terra and Aqua have the MODIS) sensor can see city lights very well when there are no clouds but it’s a polar orbiting satellite so it only passes by one time at night. If you want to grab a shot of the entire planet’s night lights from space, it will take you a while to find a clear night in areas where there are a …

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7 April 2017

Sols 1659-1660: Time to hit the road again

Curiosity has been carrying out a great investigation at Ogunquit Beach, but we’re still working out some issues related to the drill feed, so the decision was made to drive away in today’s plan. We’re driving away with a cache full of sand, so we can still deliver to CheMin and SAM in a future plan.

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21 March 2017

Sol 1640-1642: Better Late than Never!

The weekend plan started with some Navcam atmospheric observations, followed by ChemCam on the bedrock target “Big Moose Mountain.”

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16 March 2017

The Controversial Northeast Snow Cover in Living Color

This is an image with 1 km resolution, and if you click on the image you can get a much larger version. You can see the Susquehanna River clearly and the lack of snow near the coast as the warmer ocean air changed the snow to rain. You can download a 500-meter resolution image here. The snow forecast near the coast was very tricky and there has been some controversy …

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15 March 2017

Sol 1638: Busy Day for MAHLI

Today we are continuing our investigation of Stop #3 of the Bagnold Dune campaign. We start off with some MAHLI images of the APXS targets “Ripogenus” and “Spragueville” from yesterday.

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13 March 2017

Sol 1636: Another Early Morning

Thankfully I wasn’t actually on duty today, because with daylight savings time Arizona is now on West-coast time, and planning started at 6:30am! In any case, the weekend plan was successful, and put us close to the third stop of the current campaign to study the Bagnold Dunes.

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3 March 2017

New technique can improve particle warnings that protect astronauts

In a new study, scientists from NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research find the warning signs of one type of space weather event can be detected tens of minutes earlier than with current forecasting techniques – critical extra time that could help protect astronauts in space.

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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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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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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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27 December 2016

Rachel Cabosky, InternView: DEVELOPing Career Skills

It was invaluable to have the chance to see a project through from beginning to end, and to have physical deliverables that I created as evidence.

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22 December 2016

The United States of Warming

That’s what the folks at Climate Central called this animated GIF. Look how warm 2016 has been across the U.S.: Globally there is no doubt that 2016 will become the new hottest year on record globally, and look at the animation from NASA of the Arctic sea ice vanishing before our eyes. The High Arctic is extremely warm today, and I’m seeing some model output showing temps. may approach an …

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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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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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30 November 2016

Sol 1536: Drilling "Precipice"

We expect that the Precipice target is soft enough that the experiment will go well, but of course we won’t know until we try! Drilling and associated imaging will require enough power and time that additional observations could not be added to the plan.

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29 November 2016

Sol 1535: Cross-contamination experiment

It’s a “cross-contamination experiment” designed to see if the vibration didn’t do a complete job back when we first drilled Sebina. Lots of images of the sieve and other parts of CHIMRA will be taken to verify that the system is clean. These activities will take a fair amount of time and power, but we were able to squeeze a few remote science observations into the plan…

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