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13 November 2018

Sol 2231-32: SAM goes to Highfield

Today we planned to deliver a sample of the ground up rock from our Highfield drill hole to the SAM instrument. The rover will open one of its SAM inlet covers and the arm will be moved over to the top of it…

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11 November 2018

Sols 2229-2230: Preparing for more SAMple!

Following a successful weekend of science activities at the ‘Highfield’ drill site, today we’re planning Sols 2229-2230. We’re eagerly awaiting data from CheMin, which will tell us all about the mineralogy of our newest drill hole sample.

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10 November 2018

Sols 2226-2228: We came, we science’d, we… still have a lot to do!

The science team will continue to characterize the drilled ‘Highfield’ workspace by using ChemCam LIBS to examine the chemistry of the drill hole, seen in the above RMI image.

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8 November 2018

Sol 2225: Science Galore at the Eighteenth Hole

Tosol (Martian for “today”) we received confirmation that Curiosity’s drill yestersol was successful, as shown in this Navcam image of the ‘Highfield’ target – our eighteenth drill hole in the martian surface!

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7 November 2018

Sol 2224: Go for Drilling at Highfield!

Today was a good day on Mars. The science and engineering teams are making preparations to drill a patch of grey bedrock named ‘Highfield’, which will be our latest attempt to characterize this unique rock unit on Vera Rubin Ridge.

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Sol 2223: Optimism for "Highfield"

On Sol 2222, Curiosity drove ~10 m towards the ‘Lake Orcadie’ location, in the hopes that we would be able to drill the gray Jura member here.

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6 November 2018

Sol 2222: Déjà vu – Return to Lake Orcadie!

Our attempts to drill grey rock on the ‘Vera Rubin Ridge’ (VRR) continue. We are returning to an area known as ‘Lake Orcadie,’ the site of two previous drill attempts (Lake Orcadie and Lake Orcadie 2), which did not penetrate far enough into the bedrock to generate sufficient sample.

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2 November 2018

Sols 2219-2221: Curiosity goes bump!

Yesterday Curiosity drove for the first time since sol 2166! Our intrepid explorer is truly back at it after a few weeks off due to the anomaly.

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1 November 2018

Sol 2218: No Candy, Just Science for Curiosity

Curiosity had a good Halloween because it had resumed contact science. Today, Curiosity will have a targeted science block, drive, and then have an untargeted science block.

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31 October 2018

Sol 2217: A BOO-tiful Halloween on Mars – Curiosity’s Return to Contact Science

Today was an exciting day for me as a member of the APXS team and filling the role of payload uplink lead, as Sol 2217 marked a return to contact science activities after our anomaly on Sol 2172.

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