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22 May 2018

Sols 2061-2062: Time to feed CheMin

After successfully drilling the ‘Duluth’ target on Sol 2057 (as seen in the above Mastcam image), the science team is eager to find out what it’s made of.

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Sol 2059-2060: Characterizing a Successful Drill!

This past weekend, Curiosity successfully drilled into the ‘Duluth’ rock target, generating a beautiful pile of drill tailings! This is a very exciting time for us on the rover team, who have been waiting for quite a while to successfully drill into a target and to ingest samples into the rover’s analytical instruments.

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21 May 2018

Sols 2056-2058: Poised

This weekend, Curiosity will attempt to sink the drill into the complexly-layered ‘Duluth’ block. Before that, she will gather more data from the ‘Blunts Point’ member rocks in front of and around us.

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19 May 2018

Sol 2055: Drill Site Perspectives from a Duluth Native

I was excited to learn earlier this week that my native city was chosen as the name of the latest drill site on Mars!

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16 May 2018

Planning Sol 2054: Duluth at our feet… er, wheels

Today we received only 1.6 MB (Megabytes) of data at the start of our planning day. This was just enough to tell us the drive executed successfully and the rover was healthy, but not enough to include any new images from our current spot.

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15 May 2018

Sol 2053: Bump to "Duluth"

A successful drive on Sol 2052 brought Curiosity within bumping distance of what will likely be our next intended drill target. The science team named this target ‘Duluth.’

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14 May 2018

Sol 2052: We’ve Been Here Before

We expected to start planning today examining a new location within arm’s reach (or a very short drive’s reach) of a possible location for our next drilling attempt, but instead found images like this.

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12 May 2018

Sols 2049-2051: Onward and northward

Curiosity is currently investigating the Blunts Point member of the Murray formation, and searching for a suitable location to drill in the near future.

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11 May 2018

Sol 2048: Successful Bump

I was happy to see that the bump we originally planned for Sol 2046 completed successfully on Sol 2047, placing the rover in a good position for contact science on a couple of bright blocks in front of the rover

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9 May 2018

Sol 2047: Bump Take 2

In Curiosity-speak, a ‘bump’ is a short drive the rover performs to better position itself for a particular science investigation (often contact science with the rover’s arm). Yestersol‘s plan intended to include such a bump…

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