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18 October 2017

Sol 1850-1851: A Change of Scenery

Following Curiosity’s drive two days ago, the team found a local landscape dominated by small cobbles and pebbles with an abundance of fine soil surrounding these fragments.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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15 September 2017

Sol 1818-1819: Brushfest

The focus of science planning this morning was an experiment to acquire data on a bedrock target before and after brushing.

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13 September 2017

Sol 1815 – 1816: Stopping to Smell the Rocks

Planning for Curiosity this morning was a bit like reading a great mystery novel. There were several twists and turns along the way…

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10 September 2017

Sol 1809: "Thread of Life Ledge" at Elevation -4202 Meters

Curiosity is on the steepest part of Vera Rubin Ridge that it will encounter along its climb. The machine is performing superbly, having driven a 28 meter distance yestersol and having climbed 18 meters vertical elevation in four planning sols.

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4 September 2017

Sols 1805-1808: No rest for the weary

Imagine you were asked to dribble a soccer ball, juggle and sing a show tune while making your last push up the hill. Now you know how Curiosity feels this weekend!

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30 August 2017

Sol 1802: Stereo party

Curiosity’s drive on Sol 1801 brought us to an excellent location for some contact and remote science in today’s 3-sol plan (setting up for a long Labor Day weekend).

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29 August 2017

Sol 1800 – 1801 Blog: Feeling the Power of Sol 1800

Curiosity drove 23.3 meters over the weekend, bringing us even closer to the area we will ascend Vera Rubin Ridge. We have reached the point in the traverse where we are no longer headed east along the ridge, but instead are turning to the south where orbital data show the ridge has slopes shallow enough for Curiosity to climb.

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27 August 2017

Sol 1796: Elevation -4220 Meters

Curiosity completed a 30.3 meter drive yestersol, climbing another 2.4 meters in elevation. The rover is still in a soil-dominated region near the base of ‘Vera Rubin Ridge.’

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22 August 2017

Sol 1795: Skirting around Vera Rubin Ridge

Curiosity is now tantalizingly close to climbing up Vera Rubin Ridge. For the past several weeks we have been skirting around the ridge, documenting sedimentary structures and bedrock composition along the way as we work toward our intended ascent route.

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20 August 2017

Sol 1793: It’s Always Sunny in Gale Crater

Not to be overshadowed by other goings on in the solar system, we planned a full day of activities for Curiosity on Monday.

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