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21 February 2018

Sol 1972: Finishing Up Observations of Ogunquit Beach

Tosol (Today) on Mars we planned to finish up our suite of observations on the ‘Ogunquit Beach’ sand sample that was off-loaded from the rover over the weekend.

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20 February 2018

Sol 1971: Piling on

Over the weekend, Curiosity successfully off-loaded the sample she acquired previously, the ‘Ogunquit Beach’ sand sample, in preparation for what the science team hopes is acquisition of a new *drilled* rock sample very soon.

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18 February 2018

Sol 1968-1970: Dumping Ogunquit Beach sample

We got lots of good news this morning: The DRT brushing of the potential drill target completed successfully, as did SAM‘s recent analysis of the Ogunquit Beach sample, and the Curiosity rover is healthy and ready for more!

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17 February 2018

Sols 1966-1967: Studying a potential drill target

We had several options today, including mobility and contact science with or without brushing, which made for an interesting day for me…

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14 February 2018

Sol 1965: Torrid(on) pace

For the last several months, the science, engineering and operations teams have only met three days a week to plan activities for Curiosity in order to give the engineers more time to focus on bringing the drill back online. This week, we returned to planning five days a week as we continue to traverse east across the ‘Vera Rubin Ridge’…

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13 February 2018

Sol 1964: A Personal Touch

Like yesterday, today’s plan for Curiosity is a bit on the thin side, as the rover’s power allotment will be primarily dedicated to activities associated with the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) and its preparation for a planned power-hungry experiment in tomorrow’s plan.

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12 February 2018

Sol 1963: Getting ready for the SAM geochronology experiment

Over the weekend Curiosity drove ~52 m to the northeast to another patch of gray bedrock. The team is interested in characterizing the gray bedrock to determine if we might want to drill here.

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10 February 2018

Sols 1961-1962: Final call

Today we planned for a weekend of activities at the same location Curiosity has been at all week. While we’re ready and eager to see some new terrain, we had no shortage of interesting science targets to fill our plan.

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7 February 2018

Sols 1959-1960: Old site, new tricks

We took advantage of the fact that Curiosity has been parked at this same site for several sols to acquire both new and less-common types of observations.

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5 February 2018

Sol 1957-1958: Onward towards gray patch

Over the past several months Curiosity has made excellent progress up and along the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR), taking stunning mosaics and using our instrument payload to examine the local geology.

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