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19 June 2018

Sol 2087: Slippery slope

Curiosity pulled away from the ‘Duluth’ site yesterday, but given the blocky nature of the ‘Blunts Point’ member and the sand in between those blocks, she did not get far.

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18 June 2018

Sol 2086: Dusty Skies

The dust storm that is challenging Opportunity closed in on Gale Crater over the weekend with a substantial increase in dust levels. The storm is no threat to nuclear-powered Curiosity and provides an amazing chance for new science.

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17 June 2018

Sols 2083-2085: 30 Sols and Done

The last time Curiosity drove anywhere was 30 martian days ago. A lot has happened in these past 30 sols.

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14 June 2018

Sol 2082: A New MAHLI selfie

The major dust storm that caused the solar-powered Opportunity rover, on the other side of Mars, to shut down has somewhat darkened the skies over Gale Crater, but is not expected to seriously affect Curiosity’s operations.

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13 June 2018

Sol 2081: "Just a Bunch of Dirt"

‘You have to get rid of that video–it just shows a bunch of dirt!’ I got on the phone and calmly explained that the offending sequence was in fact the very first Mars-landing video.

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12 June 2018

Sol 2080: Communication Back to Normal

On Earth we have multiple means of communication-cell phone, text messages, land line, e-mail, and good old snail mail. On Mars the rover basically has three…

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11 June 2018

Sol 2079: Quick change artist

Over the weekend, an error cropped up during a regular test of the high gain antenna actuators, leaving the antenna unavailable for uplink of today’s plan, but otherwise healthy.

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10 June 2018

Sol 2076-2078: Dust on the horizon

Today we planned a weekend’s worth of activities for Curiosity. For our weekend plan, we have two main priorities: perform another analysis with CheMin on our Duluth drill sample and continue our campaign of dust storm monitoring.

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9 June 2018

Sol 2075: It’s a SAMple party!

Today, Sol 2075, was a fairly straightforward day of planning, as most of the plan will be devoted to carrying out a methane experiment with our SAM instrument to analyze an atmospheric sample.

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6 June 2018

Sol 2074: And the Crowd Went Wild

Today we received the happy news that the SAM instrument received enough sample to conduct its ‘evolved gas’ analysis of the powdered rock from our ‘Duluth’ drill hole!

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