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19 July 2018

Sol 2116: Driving back to Sgurr of Eigg

The Sol 2115 wheel imaging went well, and we received the images needed to plan a drive back to ‘Sgurr of Eigg,’ near the Sol 1999 rover position.

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18 July 2018

Sol 2115: New method of wheel imaging

The priorities for Sol 2115 are to image the rover’s wheels and acquire the images needed to plan a drive back to the Sol 1999 location, where we might start another drilling campaign.

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17 July 2018

Sol 2114: Finishing Up at the Voyageurs Drill Site

After Curiosity’s attempt to drill the Voyageurs target did not reach sufficient depth due to the impressive hardness of the rock , the team is…heading a bit further uphill to find a more suitable (i.e., softer) drill target.

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16 July 2018

Sol 2113: Hard as a rock

Unfortunately, we found out this morning that the ‘Voyageurs’ drill target was a much harder rock than expected. While our drill plan executed perfectly, our bit stopped short of the full depth we need for sampling.

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13 July 2018

Sols 2110-2112: Let the drill fest begin!

Drilling on another planet is no easy feat, and each time we have the opportunity to do so on Mars feels pretty special. The focus of the weekend three-sol plan is to drill the target ‘Voyageurs,’ which is part of an outcrop that shows a high hematite signature in orbital data.

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12 July 2018

Sol 2109: Voyageurs

Almost 2100 sols and countless exciting discoveries later, Curiosity is now poised to drill at the exact spot we first detected the strongest hematite signature over seven years ago. We’ve named the new drill target ‘Voyageurs’ after a National Park in northern Minnesota.

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11 July 2018

Sol 2108: Back Towards Stranraer

After being out of commission for over a year, Curiosity’s drill is making not just a comeback, but a strong one, with imminent plans for a second drill hole within the span of 60 sols.

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8 July 2018

Sol 2107: Heading Back to the Great Red Spot

…the entire scene looks a murky red-brown color due to the dust storm.

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5 July 2018

Sol 2104-06: Have we reached the peak?

The amount of dust over Gale Crater has been slowly declining over the last two weeks and it’s possible the dust storm has reached its ‘peak.’

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3 July 2018

Sols 2102-2103: A Working Holiday

While the rest of us are enjoying fireworks, BBQs, and spending time with friends and family, Curiosity will remain hard at work over this Fourth of July holiday.

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