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30 August 2018

Sol 2156: The Story of Stoer

After an extremely productive couple of weeks, we are finishing up our work at Stoer! We’ll take some quick ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the tailings dump pile tosols before packing up and starting our drive up the ridge towards our next drill location.

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29 August 2018

Sol 2155: What a Dump

Our second attempt at a dump was successful! The plan for Sol 2155 starts with a whole slew of Mastcam images to check out various components of the arm turret, plus a MAHLI observation of the dump pile.

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28 August 2018

Sol 2154: Look on the sunny side

If all had gone according to plan over the weekend, we would see a nice pile of drill fines in the above image. Alas, a slight hiccup in the sample dump process meant that the ‘Stoer’ sample was still in the drill and turret.

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26 August 2018

Sol 2150: Delivering the Proper Portions

The big question coming into today was whether to re-do the SAM analysis or not. Now that the drill is being operated with the feed immobile in the extended position, the portions (amount of drill tailings) that are delivered to CheMin and SAM are less accurate than before.

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22 August 2018

Sol 2149: No Golf Courses on Mars…Yet

With seventeen sampling holes and several test holes, you might imagine that Curiosity is creating a rather long and erratic golf course in Gale crater. After all, Alan Shepard shot a golf ball on the Moon.

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21 August 2018

Sol 2148: Well I’ll be DANed!

Curiosity is probing the subsurface today with its Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument. At three different times, Curiosity will use DAN in its ‘active’ mode for 20 minutes, sending pulses of neutrons into the ground beneath the rover, and then listening for the neutrons that are scattered back to the instrument.

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20 August 2018

Sol 2147: SAM EGA on the Stoer Sample!

With the successful drilling of the Stoer target two weeks ago, Curiosity has been busy characterizing the surrounding terrain using its remote instrument package, performing contact science in the immediate vicinity to understand the composition and physical nature of the bedrock, and also performing power-intensive lab-quality analyses of the Stoer sample using its onboard analytical instruments.

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19 August 2018

Sols 2145-2146: Soliday Sunday

Unlike normal weekend plans for Curiosity that encompass three martian days, this plan only covers two. This ‘Soliday Sunday’ isn’t really a day off for the rover like it implies, but instead allows the planning schedule on Earth and Mars to get back in sync.

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16 August 2018

Sol 2143-2144: False Alarm!

The planning day began with an interesting result from the previous plan’s ChemCam RMI analysis of a target that was referred to as ‘Pettegrove Point Foreign Object Debris’ (PPFOD), and speculated to be a piece of spacecraft debris.

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14 August 2018

Sols 2141-2142: Taking a closer look at the Stoer sample

In today’s plan, Curiosity begins analysis of the long-awaited Pettegrove Point drill sample at the ‘Stoer’ target, which was successfully collected last week

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