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18 October 2017
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.
17 October 2017
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.
16 October 2017
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.
14 October 2017
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.
9 October 2017
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!
8 October 2017
Curiosity takes in the view from Vera Rubin Ridge.
4 October 2017
Today we worked very hard to generate what we affectionately dubbed a ‘Frankenplan’…
3 October 2017
Curiosity’s 13.8 meter drive yestersol brought the rover a few meters higher on Vera Rubin Ridge to a bit of a plateau.
2 October 2017
Over the weekend Curiosity worked on a bold plan to drop off a sample in the inlet of the CheMin instrument.
1 October 2017
The Curiosity rover science team has been waiting quite a long time for this moment…
27 September 2017
As was predicted in yesterday’s blog, Curiosity has officially left the ‘Bar Harbor’ quadrangle and is now into the ‘Kuruman’ quadrangle.
26 September 2017
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.
25 September 2017
Just when we thought we were going to leave this spot on Mars, we found ourselves stuck here for yet another sol.
23 September 2017
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.
21 September 2017
Curiosity continues her traverse across the lowermost portions of Vera Rubin Ridge, where she continues to investigate the interesting rock textures and colors ahead.
20 September 2017
Curiosity successfully completed contact science activities at ‘Pennessewassee’ and ‘Passadumkeag’.
19 September 2017
Yestersol Curiosity missed its ‘phone call’ from Earth due to a small issue at one of NASA’s Deep Space Network stations.
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…
15 September 2017
The focus of science planning this morning was an experiment to acquire data on a bedrock target before and after brushing.