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16 January 2018

Sol 1937: Taking a closer look…

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…

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15 January 2018

Sols 1934-1936: Science at Location "e" of the Vera Rubin Ridge Campaign

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.

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10 January 2018

Sol 1931-1933: Image Overload!

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.

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8 January 2018

Sol 1929-30: Aiming for pay dirt

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.

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7 January 2018

Sols 1927-1928: Layers of fun!

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.

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4 January 2018

Sols 1925-1926: Off to the races

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.

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20 December 2017

Sols 1911-1912: Filling Up on Pre-Holiday Data Treats

This morning Curiosity found herself back on familiar ground, near the targets ‘Lismore’ and ‘Leadhills’ that we imaged back on sol 1905.

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18 December 2017

Sols 1909-1910: Driving "home" for the holidays

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.

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16 December 2017

1904-1905: Curiosity’s Arm Workout

We had some nice data (from Curiosity), including a gorgeous image of a finely-layered rock named ‘Trotternish.’

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14 December 2017

Sol 1902-1903: Swinging by the sandbox

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.

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13 December 2017

Sol 1899-1901: SAM Evolved Gas Analysis

The plan for Curiosity this weekend is to finish up the investigation of Vera Rubin Ridge stop #9 and drive toward the next stop.

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6 December 2017

Sol 1897-1898: Welcome to Torridon!

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.

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5 December 2017

Sols 1895-1896: Dogleg Left

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.

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4 December 2017

Sol 1892-94: Decisions, decisions

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.

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30 November 2017

Sol 1891: Making Do With What You Got!

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.

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27 November 2017

Sol 1889-1890: Back to the Grind

While many of us spent the holiday weekend relaxing with friends and family, Curiosity took no rest on Mars and continued working hard today.

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21 November 2017

Sols 1882 – 1888: Science-Filled Thanksgiving Holiday

This week we put together two extra-large helpings of science to get Curiosity through the Thanksgiving holiday.

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19 November 2017

Sols 1879-1881: Stay frosty!

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.

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15 November 2017

Sol 1877 – 1878: The Last Drive Before Thanksgiving

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.

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Sol 1875-1876: Sitting on the Boundary

What makes this day a bit different than other days is that Curiosity is sitting right on the boundary between two geologic units observed from orbit.

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