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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.


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.


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.


3 January 2018

Sols 1913-1924: Curiosity’s Working Holiday

There’s no real rest for the rover. We planned sols 1921-1924 on December 22 and 29.


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.


17 December 2017

Sols 1906-1908: Quick Geologic Transitions!

Only two days ago, Curiosity was exploring a region of the Vera Rubin Ridge that appears more ‘blue’ than its surroundings, and consists of patches of sand and clean bedrock.


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.’


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


22 November 2017

Scientists discover evidence of recent water flows on Mars

Planetary scientists have discovered a rare ‘esker’ on Mars – a ridge of sediment deposited by meltwater flowing beneath a glacier in the relatively recent past (about 110 million years ago), despite the widely-held view that the recent climate was too cold for ice to melt.


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.


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.


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.


12 November 2017

Sols 1872-1875: A Fashionably Late Data Downlink

Because the alignment of a Mars sol versus an Earth day is constantly changing, we sometimes start our planning day a couple hours earlier or later than normal.


7 November 2017

Sol 1870-1871: Back in the groove

Above is a Navcam image of Curiosity’s location after a successful drive on Sol 1869. The shadows show the Robotic Arm (RA) and turret on the left, and the Remote Sensing Mast (RSM) to the lower right. I can’t help but think that Curiosity is giving us a ‘high-five’ for another stellar drive!


6 November 2017

Sols 1868-1869: Hello gorgeous

It was a good weekend on Mars. Curiosity spent the weekend exploring a beautiful outcrop of sedimentary rocks (shown in the above image) as part of our continued investigation of the middle and upper parts of Vera Rubin Ridge.