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14 October 2017
There’s a line in the halftime scene of the movie ‘Any Given Sunday’: ‘life’s this game of inches…the margin for error is so small.’ The same is true on Mars.
9 October 2017
When you take a step back and think about all of the things that must go right in order to perform scientific investigations on the surface of Mars, it’s hard to believe that we EVER get things accomplished!
8 October 2017
Curiosity takes in the view from Vera Rubin Ridge.
4 October 2017
Today we worked very hard to generate what we affectionately dubbed a ‘Frankenplan’…
3 October 2017
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
Over the weekend Curiosity worked on a bold plan to drop off a sample in the inlet of the CheMin instrument.
1 October 2017
The Curiosity rover science team has been waiting quite a long time for this moment…
30 September 2017
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.
27 September 2017
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
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
Just when we thought we were going to leave this spot on Mars, we found ourselves stuck here for yet another sol.
New findings reveal deposits on Mars that could be interpreted to be ice-rich may contain little or no ice at all, based on an analysis of radar sounder data for Meridiani Planum—an area on the planet’s equator being explored by the Opportunity rover. This new insight into Meridiani Planum may help identify areas with and without accessible water ice, a resource critical to future human exploration and possible colonization of Mars.
23 September 2017
At times, it seems like fantasy that we have a nuclear-powered car exploring Mars and that I get to help that exploration, including today as the Science Operations Working Group Chair.
21 September 2017
Curiosity continues her traverse across the lowermost portions of Vera Rubin Ridge, where she continues to investigate the interesting rock textures and colors ahead.
20 September 2017
Curiosity successfully completed contact science activities at ‘Pennessewassee’ and ‘Passadumkeag’.
19 September 2017
Yestersol Curiosity missed its ‘phone call’ from Earth due to a small issue at one of NASA’s Deep Space Network stations.
Curiosity’s weekend ‘Brushfest’ (link to Ken’s weekend blog) paid off, revealing the stunning purple color of the rocks of this part of the Vera Rubin Ridge…
15 September 2017
The focus of science planning this morning was an experiment to acquire data on a bedrock target before and after brushing.
13 September 2017
Planning for Curiosity this morning was a bit like reading a great mystery novel. There were several twists and turns along the way…