20 January 2017

Sol 1585: Examining "Jewell"

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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Sols 1586-1588: ChemCam sick

Sols 1586-1588:  ChemCam sick

ChemCam had been marked “sick,” so we will not be able to use ChemCam this weekend while the problem is diagnosed. The weekend plan is still pretty full, though!

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18 January 2017

Sol 1584: Touch and go at Frost Pond

Sol 1584: Touch and go at Frost Pond

On Sol 1583 Curiosity drove 16 m, which set us up for touch-and-go contact science today. I was the GKOP again, and it was a fun day of planning contact science and remote sensing.

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15 January 2017

Sols 1579-1582: A 4-sol plan

Sols 1579-1582:  A 4-sol plan

We’ll use the laser to zap rock targets “Oak Bay” and “Rockport” and take Right Mastcam images of them.

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Sol 1578: Investigating sedimentary structures

Sol 1578: Investigating sedimentary structures

Today’s plan provided another opportunity for touch and go contact science, starting with MAHLI imaging of the “Megunticook” outcrop.

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11 January 2017

Sol 1577: Another touch and go

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

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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9 January 2017

Sol 1575: Investigating Dorr Mountain

Sol 1575:  Investigating Dorr Mountain

After a 25-meter drive on Sol 1574, Curiosity again has bedrock exposed in her arm workspace. To balance desires to sample the composition of the rocks along the traverse and to make good progress toward the south, contact science and another drive are both planned for Sol 1575.

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8 January 2017

Sols 1572-1574: New diagnostics

Sols 1572-1574:  New diagnostics

Fortunately, we are able to do everything except drilling while the investigation continues, but the team has decided not to try again to drill at Precipice, and to continue driving up the flank of Aeolis Mons (“Mount Sharp”).

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5 January 2017

Sol 1571: Leaving Old Soaker

Sol 1571:  Leaving Old Soaker

The arm will be unstowed to allow Navcam and Left Mastcam to take pictures of the area in front of the rover to aid planning for this weekend.

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