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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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1 November 2017

Sol 1863: Planning to Drive Again

Curiosity will finally be back on the move. The rover made an unexpected stop of nearly two weeks in the current location due to several things ranging from failed uplinks to insufficient arm heating and a camera glitch.

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29 October 2017

Sol 1858-1860: A Working Weekend

Despite setbacks, the Curiosity team is optimistic moving into the weekend, and has planned a really nice suite of observations.

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