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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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28 November 2016

Sol 1534: Preparing to drill

Curiosity had a productive Thanksgiving weekend and now we are getting ready to drill at “Precipice.” Sol 1534 begins with MAHLI imaging of the post-sieve dump pile from the previous drill sample (“Sebina”). Then we have a short science block to acquire a ChemCam passive observation and a Mastcam multispectral observation of the dump pile.

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22 November 2016

Sols 1528-1530: Fifteen Kilometers!

Our weekend plan for Curiosity went as expected, including a ~16 meter drive which brings us to our next drill target: “Precipice.” That drive also brings our total drive distance from Bradbury Landing to just over 15 km! We have a three sol plan today as we head into the long holiday weekend and prepare for drilling next week.

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19 November 2016

Sols 1525-1527: Contact science at Sutton Island and approaching the next drill site

Mars as close as your nose.

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GOES-R Launches at 5:42 PM EST Today. Weather Forecasting Will Enter a New Era

by Meteorologist Dan Satterfield at the Kennedy Space Center The weather looks good and fueling of the Atlas 5 booster is underway here at the Kennedy Space Center. The weather is warm and breezy, with temperatures near 76 degrees. A cold front is approaching, but few if any clouds are expected with it. The launch is set for 5:42 PM EST, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. The vapor …

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18 November 2016

Timelapse of the GOES-R Satellite Rollout to Pad 41 at Kennedy Space Center

This video shot for me and my fellow meteorologists here at the Kennedy Space Center by Dan Cohen of Storm Center Comm. Big thanks to him and Dave Jones at Storm Center for it!

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