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18 August 2017

Sol 1789: Inching Closer

As Curiosity inches closer towards ascending Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR), the science team is continuing to be diligent in both characterizing the local surroundings while also looking ahead and imaging the ridge upon approach.

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17 August 2017

Sol 1788: Continuing up the Vera Rubin Ridge

I was the Surface Properties Scientist, or SPS, on staff today. After completing a successful drive back to the strategic route to continue up the Vera Rubin Ridge, Curiosity arrived at a workspace filled with sand and a lone rock outcrop dubbed ‘Dumplings Island’ seen in the center of the included image.

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16 August 2017

Sol 1787: Less Driving, More Science

At the start of operations, we discovered that the drive yestersol faulted prematurely after about only 15 m, which was roughly half the expected distance. The drive halted because one of the middle wheels experienced a large up and down motion as if going over a large rock.

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15 August 2017

Sol 1786: ChemCam anomaly

Curiosity Rover drove over 32 meters last weekend, to a sandy area with a few bedrock blocks, but ChemCam suffered an anomaly and was marked sick after the acquisition of the first RMI mosaic of Vera Rubin Ridge.

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12 August 2017

Sols 1783-1785: Taking in the view

Curiosity sidled up to the base of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR), whose proximity is evidenced by the 12 degree upward tilt of the rover’s parking position, for an extended suite of imaging of the ridge and its surroundings.

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11 August 2017

Sol 1782 Blog: Touch and go, two days in a row!

Yesterday’s drive brought us 6 meters higher in elevation, so another touch and go for today it is! We’ll analyze the Murray target ‘Thorne’ with APXS and MAHLI, followed by a short ChemCam observation on the same target.

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10 August 2017

Sol 1781 Blog: Dusting off the wheels and hitting the road!

We’re finally ready to dust off the wheels and get back to driving towards Vera Rubin Ridge. Today was a pretty smooth day of planning, as we’re still getting back into the swing of things.

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9 August 2017

Sol 1780: Five (Earth) Years on Mars

Curiosity’s Navcam will image for clouds (like the clouds in the above image from Sol 1758), scan for dust devils across the crater basin, and measure the LOS extinction of dust towards the crater rim.

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6 August 2017

Sol 1777: Easing back into mission planning

As Mars comes out from behind the Sun, scientists are easing back into operations planning for the Curiosity rover.

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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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