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15 September 2018

Sols 2170-2171: Go for Drill at Inverness!

Although drill campaigns can take up to two weeks to complete, we are starting to look ahead, thinking of our next potential drill site. Mastcam multispectral images taken on sol 2171 will be used to help us decide which direction to head in next!


11 September 2018

Sols 2168-2169: Starting the drill campaign at "Inverness"

In the weekend plan Curiosity drove to an area that the team thought would be a good location for the next drill site on Vera Rubin Ridge. The drive was a success, and there is a block named ‘Inverness’ in the center of the workspace that was selected to be the next drill target.


9 September 2018

Sol 2165 – 2167: It always looks grayer on the other side!

Curiosity’s last plan didn’t quite get our intrepid rover close enough to our next potential drill location in the gray bedrock that is visually distinct on this part of Vera Rubin Ridge.


6 September 2018

Sols 2163-2164: Things that go Bump…

In our case, the Curiosity rover! The main focus of our 2-sol (sol – martian day) plan today is to bump (drive ~15 m) the rover into place for an attempt at drilling an interesting grey coloured patch of bedrock, identified from orbit within the Jura member of the Murray formation on the Vera Rubin Ridge, referred to as ‘Loch Eriboll.’


4 September 2018

Sols 2159-2162: Lots of Bits!

Curiosity’s plan for the weekend is extra large – 4 sols and almost 3 gigabits of data! We planned 4 sols due to the Labor Day weekend, and the hefty data volume is courtesy of extra downlink from two special orbiters.


3 September 2018

Sols 2157-2158: I’ll Take the Quela To Go, Please!

Today in Gale Crater, Curiosity begins with a short (but sweet) science block that utilizes ChemCam, Mastcam, and Navcam to observe the Martian surface and atmosphere.


30 August 2018

Sol 2156: The Story of Stoer

After an extremely productive couple of weeks, we are finishing up our work at Stoer! We’ll take some quick ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the tailings dump pile tosols before packing up and starting our drive up the ridge towards our next drill location.


29 August 2018

Sol 2155: What a Dump

Our second attempt at a dump was successful! The plan for Sol 2155 starts with a whole slew of Mastcam images to check out various components of the arm turret, plus a MAHLI observation of the dump pile.


28 August 2018

Sol 2154: Look on the sunny side

If all had gone according to plan over the weekend, we would see a nice pile of drill fines in the above image. Alas, a slight hiccup in the sample dump process meant that the ‘Stoer’ sample was still in the drill and turret.


26 August 2018

Sol 2150: Delivering the Proper Portions

The big question coming into today was whether to re-do the SAM analysis or not. Now that the drill is being operated with the feed immobile in the extended position, the portions (amount of drill tailings) that are delivered to CheMin and SAM are less accurate than before.


22 August 2018

Sol 2149: No Golf Courses on Mars…Yet

With seventeen sampling holes and several test holes, you might imagine that Curiosity is creating a rather long and erratic golf course in Gale crater. After all, Alan Shepard shot a golf ball on the Moon.


21 August 2018

Sol 2148: Well I’ll be DANed!

Curiosity is probing the subsurface today with its Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument. At three different times, Curiosity will use DAN in its ‘active’ mode for 20 minutes, sending pulses of neutrons into the ground beneath the rover, and then listening for the neutrons that are scattered back to the instrument.


20 August 2018

Sol 2147: SAM EGA on the Stoer Sample!

With the successful drilling of the Stoer target two weeks ago, Curiosity has been busy characterizing the surrounding terrain using its remote instrument package, performing contact science in the immediate vicinity to understand the composition and physical nature of the bedrock, and also performing power-intensive lab-quality analyses of the Stoer sample using its onboard analytical instruments.


19 August 2018

Sols 2145-2146: Soliday Sunday

Unlike normal weekend plans for Curiosity that encompass three martian days, this plan only covers two. This ‘Soliday Sunday’ isn’t really a day off for the rover like it implies, but instead allows the planning schedule on Earth and Mars to get back in sync.


16 August 2018

Sol 2143-2144: False Alarm!

The planning day began with an interesting result from the previous plan’s ChemCam RMI analysis of a target that was referred to as ‘Pettegrove Point Foreign Object Debris’ (PPFOD), and speculated to be a piece of spacecraft debris.


14 August 2018

Sols 2141-2142: Taking a closer look at the Stoer sample

In today’s plan, Curiosity begins analysis of the long-awaited Pettegrove Point drill sample at the ‘Stoer’ target, which was successfully collected last week


12 August 2018

Sol 2138-2140: Success at Pettegrove Point!

On our third attempt at drilling within the Pettegrove Point member on the Vera Rubin Ridge, we have success! Curiosity has successfully drilled, and generated a pile of drill tailings.


8 August 2018

Sol 2136-2137: Try, Try, and Try Again

The two previous drill attempts in this geologic member have not been able to get to successful depth since the rocks have been more resistant than what we saw earlier in the mission.


6 August 2018

Sol 2134-2135: Third time’s a charm?

After a weekend full of contact science, remote science, and driving, Curiosity arrived at her next drill site within the Pettegrove Point member.


5 August 2018

Sols 2131-2133: Colors Abound in Pettegrove Point

Curiosity is currently preparing to bump to her next drill site in the Pettegrove Point member, but not before gathering many observations at our current location.