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29 January 2019

Sols 2306-2307: Stepping Up to the Edge

In today’s plan, Curiosity is venturing further into the clay unit territory. Prior to departure, we’ll be looking at several targets with Mastcam color and ChemCam to try to characterize the chemistry and texture of this new terrain.

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28 January 2019

Sols 2304-2305: In the Clay Unit

Today’s plan found Curiosity solidly in new territory and the view couldn’t be more different than the patchy bedrock of the Vera Rubin Ridge.

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27 January 2019

Sols 2301-2303: Looking Forward to the Clay-Bearing Unit

This weekend’s plan started off on Sol 2301 with some Mastcam atmospheric observations, followed by ChemCam analysis of ‘Loch Ness’ and ‘Loch Skeen,’ examples of brown and gray bedrock.

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23 January 2019

Sol 2300: Beam me up Scotty!

Curiosity is on the brink of descending down off the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) onto the clay-bearing unit. We are hoping to ‘beam up’ lots of interesting new data to the Mars orbiters…

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22 January 2019

Sol 2299: Melrose Place

Curiosity is continuing the first phase of its journey to the ‘clay-bearing unit,’ the low elevation portion in the middle distance of this Navcam image with a series of ‘touch-and-go’ driving sols.

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21 January 2019

Sol 2298: Commencement of the Clay-Bearing Unit Campaign

Curiosity has moved for the first time since December 13, 2018. More importantly, Curiosity is moving to a new geological unit that we have so far called the ‘Clay-Bearing Unit’ (CBU).

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18 January 2019

Sols 2295-2297: Just can’t wait to get on the road again

Sometimes the best laid plans of rovers go astray. After wrapping up at the Rock Hall drill site yesterday, the plan was for Curiosity to start driving towards the clay-bearing unit (our first drive in about a month)…

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17 January 2019

Sols 2293-2294: On the road again

It has been a productive stay at the ‘Rock Hall’ drill site.

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16 January 2019

Sol 2292: Dust to Dust

Gale Crater has become a lot dustier in recent sols (days) due to a regional dust storm in the southern hemisphere that was spotted by the Mars Climate Sounder team, so we added several extra environmental observations…

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14 January 2019

Sol 2291: Selfie time at Rock Hall: say cheese!

Today we planned a single sol of activities, Sol 2291. As we begin to wrap up our activities at the Rock Hall drill site, Sol 2291 is chock full of science observations.

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