23 July 2019
It’s winter for Curiosity, and it’s cold. That means that we have to spend extra energy heating up the instruments and motors for our activities. All of our energy comes from batteries, charged by the RTG. The RTG gives us more power than solar panels would, but in the winter, we are still limited by the amount of power it can generate.
When we see outcrops like this one that show a vertical exposure of laminated rocks, we capture it in high resolution Mastcam images so that scientists can look for sedimentary structures that give us clues as to how the rock formed.
22 July 2019
Curiosity is still parked in front of an outcrop known as ‘Sandside Harbour’ in order to investigate differences in the lighter and darker outcrop expressions.
18 July 2019
Today, Curiosity finds itself parked in front of a fascinating area of martian bedrock with clearly lighter and darker colored areas next to each other as seen in this Navcam image.
16 July 2019
Curiosity finished up our investigation at Harlaw Rise on the weekend, and commenced our drive to an area we are (informally) calling the ‘Southern Outcrop,’ another of the ridge features that are so prominent in this part of Glen Torridon.
13 July 2019
The Sol 2463 drive went as planned, leaving Curiosity in position to examine what appears to be a small dome in the sedimentary rocks (visible on the left side of the scene shown here).
11 July 2019
Curiosity continued work on and around the gorgeous outcrop pictured above that was started on Sol 2461. The layers of the outcrop – with their different colors, textures and thicknesses – tell us a story, one we worked to decipher in this plan with our full complement of contact and targeted science instruments.
7 July 2019
The data from Mars returned a trove of close-up images from the outcrop near the top of ‘Harlaw Rise,’ including the one shown here.
5 July 2019
Curiosity will continue to investigate the rocky Harlaw region of the Glen Torridon formation on this holiday weekend. Curiosity arrived at her current location on Monday and has been investigating some interesting layered bedrock material over the past few days.
3 July 2019
The 4th of July is coming up – and so the team worked to keep the rover busy without keeping ourselves busy! Today Earth time we planned two Mars sols, and tomorrow Earth time we will complete an over-sized weekend plan that will keep Curiosity busy while we celebrate 4th of July on Earth.