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16 January 2018
Today we’re continuing our science activities at the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) location ‘e.’ It certainly seems that ‘e’ should stand for ‘exciting,’ as we’ve collected quite a rich set of observations at this location…
15 January 2018
What’s in a name? From its rather innocuous sounding informal site name, you might not guess that location ‘e’ would generate such excitement in the science team.
10 January 2018
During the first day of this plan, Curiosity will focus on acquiring an incredible amount of high-resolution Mast Camera color images of the area immediately in front of the rover, the ‘mid-range’ region a few meters in front of the rover, and the entirety of Mt. Sharp.
8 January 2018
For the last several weeks, Curiosity has been hopping between areas of blue-ish toned rocks on the Vera Rubin Ridge and the results from these locations continue to become more compelling.
7 January 2018
Today’s image is a color version of part of the workspace image from the Sol 1925-1926 blog, which shows in greater detail the numerous layers and color variations that kept us at this spot for another round of science observations.
4 January 2018
Curiosity’s hard work over the holiday break paid off, giving the science team a rich collection of new data to assess and a new workspace to explore.
20 December 2017
This morning Curiosity found herself back on familiar ground, near the targets ‘Lismore’ and ‘Leadhills’ that we imaged back on sol 1905.
18 December 2017
Today’s planning session kicked off with an important decision about where to drive Curiosity and how that will set us up for exciting science over the holidays.
16 December 2017
We had some nice data (from Curiosity), including a gorgeous image of a finely-layered rock named ‘Trotternish.’
14 December 2017
The majority of the time on the ‘Vera Rubin Ridge,’ Curiosity focuses on the rocks that make up the ridge, measuring their chemistry and imaging their structure to try and understand the origin of this prominent feature in Gale crater.
13 December 2017
The plan for Curiosity this weekend is to finish up the investigation of Vera Rubin Ridge stop #9 and drive toward the next stop.
6 December 2017
We’ll actually spend a few days at this stop, where we plan to assess the surrounding bedrock, soil, and what we think might be a small impact crater.
5 December 2017
After spending the weekend analyzing the chemistry of several interesting targets, the science team has planned yet another action-packed science investigation into Curiosity’s next two days on Vera Rubin Ridge.
4 December 2017
Planning Curiosity’s daily activities involves making decisions that impact not only that current day’s plan, but also has ripple effects on plans for the next week or even beyond.
30 November 2017
Even before we started planning today’s activities, we knew there would be a chance that we would be limited on the amount of data returned to Earth following the previous drive.
27 November 2017
While many of us spent the holiday weekend relaxing with friends and family, Curiosity took no rest on Mars and continued working hard today.
21 November 2017
This week we put together two extra-large helpings of science to get Curiosity through the Thanksgiving holiday.
19 November 2017
We’re only a few sols from southern winter solstice in Gale Crater on Mars, which means it’s pretty much the coldest time of year and the best time for Curiosity to try to see water frost on the surface.
15 November 2017
The science team has a lot of activities we’d like to do that require Curiosity to stay in a single location for several days, so the Earth days that the ops team has off for Thanksgiving will be a perfect time for the rover to get some really good science done without needing input from the ground.