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18 March 2018
Today we planned for Sol 1998, which was mostly devoted to remote science observations as we drive along the Vera Rubin Ridge to our next area of interest.
17 March 2018
The science team gave Curiosity a workout in this plan, using just about every watt of power available to carry out a full slate of activities.
15 March 2018
As we drive east across the top of ‘Vera Rubin Ridge’ – backwards no less! – we encountered another nice patch of bedrock in Curiosity’s workspace today, motivating multiple observations before we hit the road once again.
12 March 2018
After a successful weekend plan, the Curiosity team decided that for the sol 1991-1992 plan, we would trade a longer-distance drive in favor of some ‘touch and go’ contact science.
We found out this morning that in the Sol 1986 plan, Curiosity’s ChemCam was marked as ‘sick’ and did not run its sequences. But on the bright side, it’s a repeat of a minor issue that we’ve seen before, and so ChemCam will be back in action in today’s 3-sol plan.
11 March 2018
Seasons make a big difference for Mars vistas…The atmosphere around the globe is the clearest in southern winter.
7 March 2018
Last week when the first Vera Rubin Ridge drill-hole attempts turned out to be too shallow at ‘Lake Orcadie’, discussion in the team turned to the question of, ‘How hard is that rock?
5 March 2018
Vera Rubin Ridge is as hard as a rock! After two drilling attempts, Curiosity’s drill was not able to dig into the bedrock sufficiently to collect a sample of rock at this location.
3 March 2018
ll of the data returned from Curiosity for the second drill target, called ‘Lake Orcadie 2,’ support the decision to attempt to acquire sample at that location using feed-extended drilling.