22 February 2017

Sol 1617: Re-attempt the drive

Sol 1617: Re-attempt the drive

The drive planned for Sol 1616 halted early, apparently because the right rear wheel got stuck between two rocks. The mobility team concluded that it is safe to continue, so the drive planned for Sol 1617 is essentially the same as the previously-planned drive. Before the drive, ChemCam and Right Mastcam will observe a sand target named “New Sweden” and Right Mastcam will acquire mosaics of a layered bedrock outcrop …

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17 February 2017

Sols 1614-1616: Delayed planning

Sols 1614-1616:  Delayed planning

The Sol 1612 drive went well, and there is a nice bedrock block in the arm workspace. We received a bit more data than expected before planning started, but not enough to finalize drive plans and contact science targets. As expected, we received more data during planning, including color images of the arm workspace that were very useful in selecting contact science targets. The late arrival of the necessary data …

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16 February 2017

Sols 1612-1613: Planning challenges

Sols 1612-1613:  Planning challenges

After a 23-meter drive on Sol 1611, MSL again ended up in an area with many bedrock blocks partly covered by dark sand.

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15 February 2017

Sol 1611: Patch Mountain

Sol 1611:  Patch Mountain

Curiosity drove almost 27 meters on Sol 1610 to a location with several potential targets, so the planning team spent some time discussing priorities.

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14 February 2017

Sol 1610: Finishing up at Ireson Hill

Sol 1610:  Finishing up at Ireson Hill

Curiosity’s activities planned for Sol 1609 went well, and MAHLI focus data indicate that high-resolution images of Perry were successfully acquired. So we’re ready to drive away from Ireson Hill after some more remote sensing of the rocks in front of the rover.

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13 February 2017

Sol 1609: Passagassawakeag and other challenges

Sol 1609:  Passagassawakeag and other challenges

Curiosity drove a little over 9 meters on Sol 1608, to get the vehicle closer to Ireson Hill and the dark blocks that have rolled down from the top of the hill.

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12 February 2017

Sols 1606-1608: Studying Ireson Hill

Sols 1606-1608: Studying Ireson Hill

Curiosity’s drive on Sol 1605 was successful, putting us in a good position for weekend science on the northeast side of Ireson Hill. The sol 1606 plan starts off with ChemCam observations of “Quimby,” which appears to be a piece of cap rock that has tumbled down from the top of the hill, and a bedrock target “Quoddy.”

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10 February 2017

Sol 1604-1605: Toward Ireson Hill

Sol 1604-1605: Toward Ireson Hill

On Sol 1604 we wrapped up at the first stop of this second phase of the Bagnold Dune campaign. The plan started off, as usual for the dune campaign, with a pair of Mastcam images that were then repeated throughout the day to look for changes.

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9 February 2017

Sol 1603: Finishing at Stop 1

Sol 1603: Finishing at Stop 1

Yesterday’s plan went well, and ChemCam has run all of the planned diagnostics and will be back in action tomorrow! Similar to yestersol’s plan, the Sol 1603 plan begins with a pair of Mastcam observations which will be repeated throughout the day to look for any changes in the nearby sand.

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7 February 2017

Sol 1602: Bagnold Dunes 2: Electric Boogaloo

Sol 1602: Bagnold Dunes 2: Electric Boogaloo

The weekend plan for Curiosity went well and today we begin the second half of the campaign to study the “Bagnold Dunes.” The Sol 1602 plan starts off with two Mastcam mosaics of the dunes which will be repeated several times later in the sol to watch for changes.

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