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29 March 2017

Sol 1652: CheMin drop-off and SAM Analysis

Sol 1652: CheMin drop-off and SAM Analysis

Sol 1651 activities executed nominally, so today’s plan is focused on dropping off the fine-grained portion of “Ogunquit Beach” Scoop #1 (now named “OG1”) to CheMin, and SAM analysis of OG1.

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Sol 1651: Scoop #1 at Ogunquit Beach

Sol 1651: Scoop #1 at Ogunquit Beach

Sol 1650 activities completed as expected, so it’s time to start scooping. Today’s plan is focused on acquiring Scoop #1 and dropping off a portion of the sample to SAM.

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28 March 2017

Sol 1650: Let the scooping begin!

Sol 1650: Let the scooping begin!

Over the weekend, Curiosity bumped to our scooping location at “Ogunquit Beach.” We have a wheel scuff in the left side of our workspace and a sinuous ripple crest in the right side of the workspace, which according to today’s Geology Science Theme Lead Michelle Minitti is “everything a dune lover could want!”

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24 March 2017

Sols 1647-1649: Approaching the dune edge

Sols 1647-1649:  Approaching the dune edge

The traction control test went well, and Curiosity drove over 30 meters on Sol 1646. The rover will be busy this weekend with lots of remote sensing, arm work, and a drive onto the edge of the dune.

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23 March 2017

Sol 1645: Searching for dust devils

Sol 1645:  Searching for dust devils

An excellent example of two different instruments working together to improve our understanding of the meteorology of Gale Crater and dust lifting processes on Mars as Curiosity traverses up Mount Sharp.

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Sol 1646: Traction control driving

Sol 1646:  Traction control driving

Curiosity drove a little over 20 meters on Sol 1645, toward the big sand dune to the east that is the subject of a science campaign that will hopefully start next week.

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21 March 2017

Sol 1640-1642: Better Late than Never!

Sol 1640-1642: Better Late than Never!

The weekend plan started with some Navcam atmospheric observations, followed by ChemCam on the bedrock target “Big Moose Mountain.”

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Sol 1644: Staying put

Sol 1644: Staying put

The Sol 1644 plan for Curiosity focuses on arm activities, because the volume of data expected to be relayed via the MRO and Mars Odyssey orbiters in time for planning tomorrow is too small to allow both a drive and drill diagnostic tests.  So the tactical science team took advantage of the opportunity for contact science by planning APXS and MAHLI observations of bedrock targets named “The Hop” and “The Horns.”  …

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20 March 2017

Sol 1643: First half of long-baseline stereo

Sol 1643:  First half of long-baseline stereo

Curiosity drove about 28 meters toward the south on Sol 1642 and again is in an area with Murray Formation bedrock blocks surrounded by dark sand.

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16 March 2017

Sol 1639: Onward to Ogunquit Beach

Sol 1639: Onward to Ogunquit Beach

Curiosity has been at Stop 3 of the dune campaign (now known as “Southern Cove”) for a couple of sols, so in today’s plan it’s time to move on.

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