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17 July 2017

Sol 1756: Closing time

July 13 marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks.

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16 July 2017

Sol 1755: Getting Ready to Disappear Behind the Sun

Planetary scientists take their vacations when the planets align. In our case it is because communications with Mars are blacked out when the red planet goes behind the sun. It is called a solar conjunction. Afterwards, Mars will re-appear in our terrestrial skies early in the morning, just before sunrise. As the Earth chases the Red Planet, Mars will rise earlier until at opposition, when the Earth passes Mars a …

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12 July 2017

Sol 1754: Science flowing through our veins

Today on Mars we planned a typical ‘drive sol‘ that involved a bit of pre-drive science followed by a drive and some post-drive untargeted observations.






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11 July 2017

Sol 1753: Wishful Thinking

The Curiosity Rover activities planned for Sol 1753 revolve around a quick ‘touch-and-go’ chemistry measurement using the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) instrument on Curiosity’s arm.






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10 July 2017

Sol 1752 Blog: Sand in Curiosity’s rear-view

Following a jam-packed weekend of contact and remote science on some beautiful sand deposits, the GEO group opted for mostly remote observations in today’s plan.






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8 July 2017

Sol 1748-1752: Kicking Up Some Sand

Curiosity has intentionally scuffed a nearby sand ripple, which has gifted the team with an exceptional view of the interior of these small sand deposits.






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7 July 2017

Sol 1748: Bumping to a sand ripple

Another touch-and-go was strategically planned for Curiosity today, and there is bedrock in the arm workspace, so the tactical science team selected a block named ‘Tupper Ledge’ for contact science.






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6 July 2017

Sol 1747: Martian Fruit Salad

A high level of charge in Curiosity’s batteries after the long holiday weekend allowed us to prepare a bounty of science observations.






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29 June 2017

Sol 1744: Up the Vera Rubin Ridge and Around the Sand Trap

I was the Surface Properties Scientist, or SPS, on staff again today. After completing a successful drive, Curiosity arrived at a nice workspace to carry out the weekend plan.






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27 June 2017

Sols 1741-1743: "Cat Sized Island"

Last evening (June 27) between 8pm and 9pm PDT, Curiosity drove approximately 34 meters to the east to position herself just north of a large field of ripples on her way closer to ascending the iron oxide-bearing Vera Rubin Ridge. As Curiosity progresses towards the east, scientists back on Earth continue to look for opportunities to both gaze ahead towards interesting locations on the ridge itself, in addition to looking at the local rocks and sediment surrounding the rover.






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