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29 July 2019

Sol 2481: On the Lookout for a Drill Site

After a successful ascent to the top of the southern outcrop in the ‘Visionarium,’ we are now searching for our next drill site. There were no bedrock exposures available for contact science activities in our immediate workspace, so our first order of business today was to identify a drill site area that we will drive to in today’s plan.


27 July 2019

Sol 2478 – 2480 – Goin’ Up

Over the last few weeks Curiosity has collected hundreds of spectacular images, like the one above, that document the layers and textures of rocks exposed in the ‘Visionarium.’


25 July 2019

Sol 2477: Records measured in degrees

Curiosity is currently tilted 25° – more than ever before, during science operations. The image above shows just how much this is.


24 July 2019

Sol 2476: The Southern Escarpment Almost Within Reach

This morning Curiosity found herself parked at the base of the southern escarpment of the Visionarium. She’s at a significant tilt of 21 degrees; you can see the slope of the horizon in the attached image.


23 July 2019

Sol 2474: A Great Outcrop!

When we see outcrops like this one that show a vertical exposure of laminated rocks, we capture it in high resolution Mastcam images so that scientists can look for sedimentary structures that give us clues as to how the rock formed.


Sol 2475: Powering Through!

It’s winter for Curiosity, and it’s cold. That means that we have to spend extra energy heating up the instruments and motors for our activities. All of our energy comes from batteries, charged by the RTG. The RTG gives us more power than solar panels would, but in the winter, we are still limited by the amount of power it can generate.


22 July 2019

Sol 2472-2473: Additional Contact Science and a Soliday at Sandside Harbour

Curiosity is still parked in front of an outcrop known as ‘Sandside Harbour’ in order to investigate differences in the lighter and darker outcrop expressions.


18 July 2019

Sol 2470-2471: A Way to Spend a Sol at Solway

Today, Curiosity finds itself parked in front of a fascinating area of martian bedrock with clearly lighter and darker colored areas next to each other as seen in this Navcam image.


13 July 2019

Sol 2465-2467: Finishing up at Harlaw Rise

The Sol 2463 drive went as planned, leaving Curiosity in position to examine what appears to be a small dome in the sedimentary rocks (visible on the left side of the scene shown here).


11 July 2019

Sols 2463-2464: A fountain of data

Curiosity continued work on and around the gorgeous outcrop pictured above that was started on Sol 2461. The layers of the outcrop – with their different colors, textures and thicknesses – tell us a story, one we worked to decipher in this plan with our full complement of contact and targeted science instruments.


7 July 2019

Sols 2461-2462: What Would We Do Without MAHLI?

The data from Mars returned a trove of close-up images from the outcrop near the top of ‘Harlaw Rise,’ including the one shown here.


5 July 2019

Sols 2457-2460: A busy holiday weekend!

Curiosity will continue to investigate the rocky Harlaw region of the Glen Torridon formation on this holiday weekend. Curiosity arrived at her current location on Monday and has been investigating some interesting layered bedrock material over the past few days.


3 July 2019

Sol 2455-2456: Investigating laminated rocks.

The 4th of July is coming up – and so the team worked to keep the rover busy without keeping ourselves busy! Today Earth time we planned two Mars sols, and tomorrow Earth time we will complete an over-sized weekend plan that will keep Curiosity busy while we celebrate 4th of July on Earth.


2 July 2019

Sol 2454: Exploring Harlaw Rise

Curiosity is currently near the top of Harlaw Rise, having made a slight diversion from the southward drive through the clay-bearing unit to explore the nice exposures of rocks on this hill.


28 June 2019

Sols 2451-2453: Climbing Higher

Curiosity has been a bit down lately-in elevation. After exploring the top of Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) last year, the rover descended into a trough south of the ridge, dropping as much as 15 meters in elevation this spring to explore part of the clay-bearing unit.


Sol 2450: "Badcall" or a good call?

Curiosity is parked in front of a ridge-forming outcrop known as ‘Harlaw’ in the Glen Torridon region, and the team had some fun with naming targets today.


26 June 2019

Sol 2449: Keep on rollin’ through the rubble to "Harlaw"

Curiosity is continuing our exploration of Glen Torridon (the clay-bearing unit) and the varied lithologies exposed in this area of Gale crater, including more rubbly bedrock that is mixed with sand, and more coherent bedrock exposed both in the ground and capping prominent ridges.


25 June 2019

Sol 2448: Very Small Rocks

Our drive on Sol 2447 stopped a bit short, placing us on an area that was mostly gravel. Nothing against gravel, but we are eager to get to the outcrops ahead of us, so we went with a pretty light plan for today to allow more time and energy for driving.


Sol 2447: Making a Lien List, Checking it Twice

Today’s plan wrapped up our time at the Teal Ridge outcrop and we’ll begin to drive Curiosity toward the next waypoint in the clay-bearing unit of Gale Crater.


Sols 2444-2446: The View from Teal Ridge

Curiosity is still perched on top of Teal Ridge to investigate a fascinating outcrop that caps the ridge. The above Navcam image shows the view off to the right of Curiosity. The ridge-capping material is visible in the foreground, and the background shows where Curiosity is going to drive to next.