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4 October 2017

Sol 1836-1837: Frankenplan

Today we worked very hard to generate what we affectionately dubbed a ‘Frankenplan’…


New study explains how continents leave their roots behind

In some areas of the seafloor, a tectonic mystery lies buried deep underground. The ocean floor contains some of the newest rock on Earth, but underneath these young oceanic plates are large swatches of much older continents that have been dislocated from their continental plates and overtaken by the younger, denser oceanic plate. Researchers have been puzzled by this phenomenon for some time: how does a continental plate leave some of itself behind?


3 October 2017

Sol 1835: Limpopo, Ecca, and Lucknow

Curiosity’s 13.8 meter drive yestersol brought the rover a few meters higher on Vera Rubin Ridge to a bit of a plateau.


2 October 2017

Sol 1834: Partial Success: Ogunquit Beach Sample Delivered to CheMin

Over the weekend Curiosity worked on a bold plan to drop off a sample in the inlet of the CheMin instrument.


1 October 2017

Sol 1831: Quite a Diffracting Weekend!

The Curiosity rover science team has been waiting quite a long time for this moment…


30 September 2017

Sol 1830: We’ve got the power

With apologies to Montgomery Scott, ‘we do not have the power…,’ but we will, as today was about keeping our state of charge up in preparation for possible CheMin activities in a near-future plan.


29 September 2017

Prehistoric reptile one mile above McCarthy

It started in 1963, when 23-year-old geologist David Whistler sat down for lunch on a rocky hilltop one mile above Kennicott Glacier…


27 September 2017

Sol 1829: Hello Kuruman!

As was predicted in yesterday’s blog, Curiosity has officially left the ‘Bar Harbor’ quadrangle and is now into the ‘Kuruman’ quadrangle.


26 September 2017

Sol 1828: Bye Bye Bar Harbor

If today’s drive goes as planned, Curiosity will leave the Bar Harbor quadrangle behind, so today’s blog will honor the Maine heritage of our long-time home.


25 September 2017

Sol 1827: It’s déjà vu all over again

Just when we thought we were going to leave this spot on Mars, we found ourselves stuck here for yet another sol.


20 September 2017

Sol 1822: Onward and upward!

Curiosity successfully completed contact science activities at ‘Pennessewassee’ and ‘Passadumkeag’.


19 September 2017

Sol 1821: Heading for Half a Million Laser Shots

Yestersol Curiosity missed its ‘phone call’ from Earth due to a small issue at one of NASA’s Deep Space Network stations.


13 September 2017

Sol 1815 – 1816: Stopping to Smell the Rocks

Planning for Curiosity this morning was a bit like reading a great mystery novel. There were several twists and turns along the way…


Sols 1811-1814: Mars of Many Colors

The focus of the weekend plan fro Curiosity was on carefully documenting the changes in stratigraphy as we leave the Murray bedrock. Fortunately, we are privy to a bevy of interesting targets and contrasting colors.


30 August 2017

Sol 1802: Stereo party

Curiosity’s drive on Sol 1801 brought us to an excellent location for some contact and remote science in today’s 3-sol plan (setting up for a long Labor Day weekend).


Computer earthquake prediction in lab shows promise

By listening to the acoustic signal emitted by a laboratory-created earthquake, a computer science approach using machine learning can predict the time remaining before the fault fails. Not only does the work have potential significance to earthquake forecasting, but the approach is far-reaching, applicable to potentially all failure scenarios, including avalanches and other events.


28 August 2017

Sol 1797-1799: Scrutinizing Vera Rubin Ridge

Yesterday’s drive went perfectly, putting us in a good position for a busy weekend plan. Curiosity will start off on Sol 1797 with a long (2h 45m) science block full of a variety of remote sensing.


Valleys and Ridges: Understanding the Geologic Structures in Central Virginia, Pt. 2

In this second part of a four part series, Dr. Phil Prince explains why we get the valleys and ridges that are the namesake of the Valley and Ridge province of Virginia.


22 August 2017

Sol 1795: Skirting around Vera Rubin Ridge

Curiosity is now tantalizingly close to climbing up Vera Rubin Ridge. For the past several weeks we have been skirting around the ridge, documenting sedimentary structures and bedrock composition along the way as we work toward our intended ascent route.


18 July 2017

The science before (and during) the storm – Part 2

Caught in the Storm By Robert Emberson Sampling landslides in the field varies in difficulty; some are high up on hillslopes or in the headwaters of steep catchments, while others tumble into easily accessed river valleys. When planning for such sampling, we had mainly anticipated that the weather would not be the biggest obstacle, but that’s what transpired for a major portion of our fieldwork in central Taiwan. The typical …