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20 August 2019

Sol 2502-2503: Science to Exhaustion

Mars is about to be hidden behind the Sun, so Curiosity is rushing to get science done before communications are temporarily lost.

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16 August 2019

Sol 2499-2501: More SAMple analysis

Conjunction is the few-week period when Mars goes behind the sun and we stop communicating with our spacecraft that are there. Our last planning day before conjunction will be next Friday, and thinking about that fast approaching day feels very similar to thinking about getting ready to leave for vacation.

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14 August 2019

Sols 2497-2498: SAM is GO for analyzing the Glen Etive drill sample

The attached Navcam image shows the view of the Mount Sharp summit from Curiosity’s current location on Mars.

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13 August 2019

Sols 2495-2496: A slight change of plans

It’s the end of another week on Mars, and today we put together a 3 sol weekend plan for Curiosity. Given the RSM-related issues that we incurred this past week, we are still being cautious, but the diagnostic testing that ran in the last plan was successful.

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12 August 2019

Sols 2492-2494: Just Another Week on Mars…

It’s the end of another week on Mars, and today we put together a 3 sol weekend plan for Curiosity. Given the RSM-related issues that we incurred this past week, we are still being cautious, but the diagnostic testing that ran in the last plan was successful.

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5 August 2019

Sol 2488: Success on the 22nd Drill Hole; Happy Landing Day-On to Year 8!

On Sunday morning the team received the message that Curiosity’s latest drill hole was successful at ‘Glen Etive.’ This is the 22nd full-depth drill hole on Mars, and we can celebrate its success on this final day of Earth-year 7 of the mission.

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2 August 2019

Sols 2485-2487: Affirm-Etive: We are GO for drilling at Glen Etive 1!

Late during planning yesterday, we got the go ahead to proceed with full drilling at ‘Glen Etive 1.’ We received the results of the APXS and ChemCam compositional analysis of the prospective drill target, as well as the MAHLI imaging of the area both before and after a preload test (see the accompanying image).

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1 August 2019

Sol 2484: Preparing to Drill

Today’s science activities were planned with the hopes of drilling our next target this weekend. The scientists on today’s shift were largely interested in characterizing the large block of exposed bedrock in front of the rover to derive as much information as possible before we punch through the surface and expose the rock’s interior.

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Sol 2483: Anticipating Drill Hole Number Three (And Maybe Number Four) Within Glen Torridon

Planning today was focused on getting more compositional and textural information on top of this small ridge that we plan to attempt drilling at the weekend.

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30 July 2019

Sols 2482-2483: A Drill with a View

The rover is currently located in the southern part of the ‘Visionarium,’ where we are set to start our next drill campaign, and we can’t help but take in the scenery!

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