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16 December 2018

Sols 2160-2162: Go for Drill on the red Jura!

Today’s plan will centre around the drilling of what will hopefully be our 19th drill sample for analysis on Mars!

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12 December 2018

Sols 2258-2259: Is THIS the red Jura we are looking for?

May the (drill) force be with us!

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10 December 2018

Sol 2257: Makin’ the Most of It

Even on Mars, where every second of Curiosity’s sol is planned, things don’t always go quite as expected. This morning we learned that Curiosity didn’t complete her planned drive yesterday and instead stopped at the mid-drive point.

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9 December 2018

Sol 2256: Hunt for red Jura continues…

After the science block, Curiosity will drive towards Region C, shown as the bright exposed bedrock in the mid-field of the Navcam image above.

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8 December 2018

Sol 2254-2255: Thinking on Our Wheels

This Navcam image shows the outcrop of red Jura rock that the rover will image during the weekend drive. Obtaining higher resolution images of this exposure will help the team determine if it could be drilled next week.

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5 December 2018

Sol 2252-2253: The Hunt for Red Jura

Even though they looked promising from a few meters away, this morning’s workspace images showed us that the red Jura rocks we had hoped to drill are too fractured to drill safely.

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3 December 2018

Sol 2250-2251: Grey today, red tomorrow!

It is just a few sols since we drilled, yet sand has drifted in and parts of the drill fines have blown away. We were once more reminded, just how active Mars is!

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2 December 2018

Sols 2247-2249: What a Week on Mars

And what a week it has been. InSight’s successful landing is surely the biggest news of the week. We now have a new robotic Martian ready to help unlock more clues about the origins, history, and evolution of Mars.

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27 November 2018

Sol 2245-2246: Hunting shiny things!

Curiosity woke up to Mr Rogers ‘Please would you be my neighbour’ this morning to welcome InSight, and then got very busy at the Highfield drill site.

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25 November 2018

Sols 2243-2244: Curiosity has a minor post-holiday hiccup, but is happy and healthy

Curiosity was happy and healthy after the Thanksgiving holiday, but experienced a minor post-holiday hiccup during a test of delivering sample portions to the workspace. The rover’s robotic arm tripped a safety limit such that the activity did not quite go to completion.

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