19 April 2019
In this image, you can see Curiosity resting the point of the drill on the future Kilmarie drill target along with the old Aberlady drill hole, a little to the left of the arm.
18 April 2019
Some days just give me goose bumps. First, looking at yesterday’s plan for Curiosity, I realized that we did something really unusual overnight: Wrap up the drill activity on one site and start the drill activities on the next in the same sol.
17 April 2019
Curiosity is finishing up at ‘Aberlady’ and ready to move on to our next drill target. We are preparing to drill a second hole in the clay bearing unit. Reaching this region, and drilling has been a goal since Curiosity landed over 6 years ago…
15 April 2019
Yesterday’s discussions with the Curiosity rover science team focused on determining which target in the vicinity of ‘Aberlady’ will become the focus of the next drill campaign:
14 April 2019
With Curiosity’s time at Aberlady coming to a close, the search for our next drill target is in full swing. On Friday, the team discussed two different ‘bump’ options that are near our current workspace and may be drillable.
13 April 2019
We are continuing the sequence of Curiosity drill activities at Aberlady. We will be collecting APXS of the dump pile with two offset observations to better understand any compositional variations, which are hinted at by the color variations observed in the drill fines.
12 April 2019
Today we received the initial results from CheMin‘s analysis of the ‘Aberlady’ drill sample, and they look great! This means that CheMin received enough sample and we do not need to deliver more material.
11 April 2019
This week’s drill activities have been very power-intensive for Curiosity. So we’ll spend today, Sol 2374, catching up on some remote science observations while waiting for data from yesterday’s CheMin run to arrive.
10 April 2019
After looking at our exciting new drill hole, ‘Aberlady,’ a few interesting observations were made: the drilled block lifted up a centimeter or two as the drill was retracted, there might be some evidence of a horizontal calcium sulfate (i.e. gypsum) vein within the drill hole…
8 April 2019
Our drill attempt at target ‘Aberlady’ this weekend was a success! In today’s plan we are continuing our investigation of Aberlady and the surrounding areas and preparing to deliver our drilled sample to our onboard instruments.