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25 June 2019

Sol 2447: Making a Lien List, Checking it Twice

Today’s plan wrapped up our time at the Teal Ridge outcrop and we’ll begin to drive Curiosity toward the next waypoint in the clay-bearing unit of Gale Crater.

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Sols 2444-2446: The View from Teal Ridge

Curiosity is still perched on top of Teal Ridge to investigate a fascinating outcrop that caps the ridge. The above Navcam image shows the view off to the right of Curiosity. The ridge-capping material is visible in the foreground, and the background shows where Curiosity is going to drive to next.

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21 June 2019

Sol 2443: Brushing Beauly and beholding Balnakettle

Curiosity is still parked at a tilt of a little over 23˚ to examine the outcrop on top of ‘Teal Ridge.’ While the science team begins to pore over all the data that came down yesterday and today, we also simultaneously developed a busy plan for today that will continue our investigation of this spectacular sedimentary outcrop.

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19 June 2019

Sol 2441-2442: So much to do before the Holiday

Curiosity is still parked on Teal Ridge and is in the midst of an extended contact science campaign. This ridge location, shown in the attached image over Curiosity’s shoulder, is exciting because it shows crossbedding in a bedrock layer, as well as a contact between the bedrock outcrop and a rubbly layer below.

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17 June 2019

Sol 2440: Retransmit, please!

Curiosity’s most recent transmission didn’t come down as expected, so our plan today is to command the rover to retransmit its latest data. That includes where it ended up after its drive this weekend.

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15 June 2019

Sols 2437-2439: An oasis of rock in a sea of pebbles

We are investigating the ridges which are such a prominent feature in this section of Glen Torridon. The ridges appear to be composed of sand and pebbles, capped with layered bedrock.

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Sol 2436: So many choices, so little time

“…We eventually decided to drive to a small outcrop patch about 30 m away, where we will be able to invest time studying the outcrop while also gazing up along the ridge to look for other bedrock exposures and clues about its structure.”

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13 June 2019

Sol 2435: Forecast: It’s pebbly out there

Curiosity update: One feature standing high above the ground in this area are ridges, displaying a mixture of pebbles and sand. Their surface appears to be compacted enough to drive over…

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10 June 2019

Sol 2434: Ridge Rage

It’s a good thing that Curiosity doesn’t have any competition on the road as she drives fervently across undulating terrain towards a large geologic ridge of unknown origin…

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8 June 2019

Sols 2431-2433: Punctuated Sleep for Curiosity

After yesterday’s 47 meter drive, Curiosity awoke to a much different landscape than she had been analyzing over the past week. Instead of the beautifully exposed sedimentary bedrock that had been extensively analyzed since late May, Curiosity now finds herself among a pile of small pebbles and cobbles intermixed with sand.

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