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7 May 2019

Sols 2400-2401: Just a cloud at twilight…

Mars is steadily moving toward the cloudiest time of year at low latitudes, which occurs from about southern mid fall through mid winter. This means that right now, just over 40 Mars sols after fall equinox, we’re expecting to see the cloud cover increasing,…

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5 May 2019

Sols 2397-2399: Go SAM, Go!

It was a busy weekend for the Curiosity rover.

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1 May 2019

Sols 2395-2396: Powering through

The rover will acquire a long distance RMI mosaic looking uphill toward the part of the Mount Sharp stratigraphy that is observed to have a strong spectral signature of sulfate from orbit.

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28 April 2019

Sol 2393-2394: Putting the L in MSL

“On sol 2393 the afternoon science block is dedicated to atmospheric observations. Navcam will watch for dust devils and clouds, and Mastcam will look at the sun and the sky to figure out how much dust is in the atmosphere and what its properties are.”

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26 April 2019

Sols 2390-2393: Confirmation of another taste of the "Clay-Bearing Unit", as good as the first?

“We are particularly interested in whether this sample from the ‘Clay-Bearing Unit,’ Glen Torridon area, does in fact contain clay (as have the majority of drilled samples), and if it does, how much is present and what type of clay mineral is it?”

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22 April 2019

Sols 2386-2387: A new drill hole!

The drilling planned for Curiosity last weekend was successful, so the top priority for Sol 2386 is to drop portions of the Kilmarie sample onto a closed SAM inlet cover and take Mastcam images after each dropoff to characterize the size of each portion.

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19 April 2019

Sol 2383 – 2385: Drill all the rocks!

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.

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18 April 2019

Sol 2382: After the drill is before the drill…

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.

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17 April 2019

Sol 2381: Goodbye, My Fair Aberlady

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…

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15 April 2019

Sol 2380: Lucky Number 3

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:

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