1 December 2016

Sol 1537: Drill fault

Sol 1537: Drill fault

The drill failed, so onto other science while the drill fault is studied.

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30 November 2016

Sol 1536: Drilling "Precipice"

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

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

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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25 November 2016

Sols 1531-1533: Thanksgiving at Precipice

Sols 1531-1533: Thanksgiving at Precipice

While the rover is busy with all of that, the Americans on the MSL team will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and thinking about how thankful we are that we get to work on such an amazing project with such great colleagues!

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22 November 2016

Sols 1528-1530: Fifteen Kilometers!

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

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

Mars as close as your nose.

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16 November 2016

Sols 1523-1524: Investigating Sutton Island

Sols 1523-1524: Investigating Sutton Island

Today’s plan is focused on contact science to study the grain size, stratification, and chemistry of the “Sutton Island” outcrop.

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14 November 2016

Sols 1516-1520: Playing in the Sand

Sols 1516-1520: Playing in the Sand

We’re continuing to make steady progress, with successful drives interspersed with plenty of good science.

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7 November 2016

Sols 1514-1515: Touch and Go at Southwest Harbor

Sols 1514-1515: Touch and Go at Southwest Harbor

Our weekend plan was successful, with lots of good observations and a 43 meter drive. Today’s 2-sol plan starts out with a brief contact science block, during which MAHLI will observe the target “Southwest Harbor.” After that, we have a remote sensing block. ChemCam will observe some nodules in the targets “Asticou” and “Bass Harbor Head.” Mastcam will document those targets, as well as the Sol 1513 ChemCam AEGIS target. …

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