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6 November 2017
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.
5 November 2017
Curiosity successfully got a move on from her inadvertent layover stop, which presented the science team with a new workspace, and a new view of the structures exposed in the ‘Vera Rubin Ridge.’
1 November 2017
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.
30 October 2017
We are starting to suspect that Vera Rubin Ridge might be cursed. After the challenges Curiosity faced last week, we were hoping for a successful weekend plan but alas, it was not to be.
29 October 2017
Despite setbacks, the Curiosity team is optimistic moving into the weekend, and has planned a really nice suite of observations.
28 October 2017
After Monday’s communications hiccup (detailed here) that prevented us from uplinking our two-sol plan to Curiosity, today we’re hoping to redo most of what we had in Monday’s plan.
24 October 2017
Our exploration of space, and Gale Crater specifically, is enabled by incredible technology and amazing engineers and scientists. But, circumstances constantly remind us that space is hard.
21 October 2017
Curiosity drove over 20 meters on Sol 1850, to an area with lots of bedrock exposed.
18 October 2017
Following Curiosity’s drive two days ago, the team found a local landscape dominated by small cobbles and pebbles with an abundance of fine soil surrounding these fragments.
17 October 2017
It wasn’t until I sat down to write this blog that I fully processed how far we’ve come and just how awesome Curiosity’s ‘office’ is.
16 October 2017
The seasons on Mars are long, and even though Curiosity is near the equator, the change in weather between the seasons is noticeable and winter is coming to Gale Crater.
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.
1 October 2017
The Curiosity rover science team has been waiting quite a long time for this moment…
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.