3 January 2017

Sol 1569: Back to daily planning

Sol 1569:  Back to daily planning

The activities planned for Curiosity over the holidays executed well, so we are proceeding with the investigation of the ridge/fracture patterns at Old Soaker.

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21 December 2016

Sols 1566-1568: Preparing for the holidays

Sols 1566-1568: Preparing for the holidays

“…we’ll dive right back in to a campaign investigating some interesting fracture patterns at “Old Soaker,” seen in the Mastcam image.”

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19 December 2016

Sols 1555-1557: Lots of Targets!

Sols 1555-1557: Lots of Targets!

It’s been quite a while since we had a plan with this many new target names!

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16 December 2016

Sols 1552-1554: Diagnostics, science, and a drive

Sols 1552-1554: Diagnostics, science, and a drive

The engineering team is still hard at work diagnosing our drill issues, but in the meantime we are still getting good science done. The Sol 1552 plan starts off with ChemCam observations of the targets “Hall Quarry” and “Long Porcupine”. Mastcam will document those targets and then do a multispectral observation of “Western Head”. Mastcam also has an image of the rover deck, and Navcam will watch for dust devils. …

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14 December 2016

Sols 1550-1551: More drill testing

Sols 1550-1551:  More drill testing

It’s been an exciting week so far!

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12 December 2016

Sols 1548-1549: Still at Precipice

Sols 1548-1549: Still at Precipice

The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting is happening this week, so many scientists on the team (your trusty bloggers included!) are either in San Francisco or on their way here. Tomorrow morning is the main session discussing the latest Curiosity results, and there will be a press conference at 11:30am (California time) that you can watch live!

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9 December 2016

Sols 1545-1547: Moving again!

Sols 1545-1547: Moving again!

It’s great to be moving again with a very full weekend plan!

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8 December 2016

Sol 1544: Diagnostics and Remote Sensing

Sol 1544: Diagnostics and Remote Sensing

…In the meantime, the science team is getting ready for the American Geophysical Union conference next week, so we had some great science discussion presentations that will be shared at the meeting next week!

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7 December 2016

Sol 1543: Motor controller fault

Sol 1543:  Motor controller fault

Early in the morning of Sol 1544, Navcam will search for clouds and dust devils, Mastcam will measure dust in the atmosphere, and both cameras will re-attempt the photometry observations that were planned yesterday.

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6 December 2016

Sol 1542: More drill testing

Sol 1542:  More drill testing

Curiosity’s ChemCam will observe Hunters Beach again to further investigate the the chemical variations that LIBS measured there previously. ChemCam and the Right Mastcam will also observe bedrock targets “Sargent Mountain” and “Youngs Mountain.” Finally, Navcam and Mastcam will take one more set of images at 8 AM on Sol 1543, to complete the photometry dataset started on Sol 1537.

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