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14 January 2019

Sol 2291: Selfie time at Rock Hall: say cheese!

Today we planned a single sol of activities, Sol 2291. As we begin to wrap up our activities at the Rock Hall drill site, Sol 2291 is chock full of science observations.

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11 January 2019

Sol 2288-2290: Drilling activity completed, almost.

We will soon be leaving the Rock Hall area, thus this one last look at the drill site from a hazard camera perspective. Seeing those holes always is special, even for #19!

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10 January 2019

Sols 2286-2287: Starting the wrap-up at Rock Hall

Curiosity’s onboard instruments SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) and CheMin (Chemistry and Mineralogy) have come to the end of their investigation of the Rock Hall target, likely to be our last drill location on the Vera Rubin Ridge…

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8 January 2019

Sols 2284-2285: A spectra-cular Monday on Mars

A Front Hazcam image taken on Sol 2282 shows part of the landscape around the Curiosity rover, including some of the rocks that will be analyzed further with ChemCam.

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7 January 2019

Sols 2281-2283: It’s a wonderful day for SAM!

Today we are continuing Curiosity’s drill campaign at our red Jura target ‘Rock Hall.’

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3 January 2019

Sols 2279-2280: Happy 2019, Earthlings!

The holiday planning completed successfully and included 10 sols of five-hour-long morning meteorological observations…

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20 December 2018

Sols 2276-2278: Capturing Light into the New Year

As we cross the winter solstice and daylight lengthens here on Earth, the Vera Rubin Ridge campaign on Mars is shortening up towards a science-filled end ‘capturing the light’ across all its splendid spectrum.

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19 December 2018

Sols 2265-2275: Curiosity planning for the holidays

Planning today revolved around making sure that Curiosity has enough power after the Christmas holidays to be able to continue analyzing ‘Rock Hall,’ the red Jura sample that we successfully drilled last weekend.

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18 December 2018

Sol 2164: Science and Good Times at Rock Hall

We are still very excited and happy that the final drill hole, ‘Rock Hall,’ on Vera Rubin Ridge was successful over the weekend. Now we get to analyze the drilled sample with rover instruments.

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17 December 2018

Sol 2163: We have sample!

At the end of last week, the team made the call to drill the rock ‘Rock Hall,’ and Curiosity had no problems drilling the target. The science team had been worried that this rock type, red Jura, might be particularly hard based on the observation that it commonly caps the highs on Vera Rubin Ridge.

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