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Sols 1475-1476: Finishing up on Jwaneng

28 September 2016

We're planning two sols, so it's been busier for me today as SOWG Chair.  The science team had a lot of good ideas for new observations, so it was a challenge to fit them all into the plan, but in the end all went well.  On Sol 1475, the arm will be moved out of the way to allow… Read More

Sol 1474: Murray cross-bedding

27 September 2016

The 16-meter drive on Sol 1473 completed perfectly, placing the rover in position for contact science on an outcrop of cross-bedded Murray bedrock.  The primary goal for Sol 1474 is to characterize the cross-bedding and measure grain sizes using MAHLI, and we were able to squeeze in a… Read More

Sol 1473: In search of a contact science location

26 September 2016

Over the weekend Curiosity drove 43 m to the south, in search of a good place for contact science.  Unfortunately, our present location is in a small valley, and we don’t have many good rock targets in the workspace.  After evaluating the Mastcam drive direction imaging, we decided… Read More

Flagstaff Festival of Science - Fall 2016

23 September 2016

Join us September 23 - October 2, 2016 for the Flagstaff Festival of Science, a FREE 10-day event with field trips, guided hikes, star parties, open houses, hands-on exhibits, presentations and archaeological excavations. Astrogeology Science Center scientists Ken Herkenhoff, Tim Titus, Mike… Read More

Sol 1470-1472: Change of Plans

23 September 2016

Our drive went nicely and we are already about halfway to our next drill site! Our original plan to head toward an outcrop called “Karasburg” had to be changed because it turned out to be covered in sand and not very steep, making it a less-desirable science target. So instead we are… Read More

Sol 1469: Leaving Murray Buttes

22 September 2016

MSL drove over 87 meters on Sol 1468, toward an outcrop named "Karasburg."  The Sol 1469 plan includes another drive toward Karasburg, after ChemCam and Mastcam sample a local bedrock target named "Cacolo" and a patch of brighter material dubbed "Malembo."  Mastcam will also acquire… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Taltal

20 September 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Taltal for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-24 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 

Sols 1467-1468: Finishing up at Quela

20 September 2016

The activities planned for Sol 1466 are going well so far--the only problem is that the ChemCam observation of the Quela drill hole wall is slightly out of focus.  So we'll try again on Sol 1467 with slightly modified ChemCam command parameters.  We're planning two sols today, and… Read More

Sol 1466: A new drill hole

19 September 2016

The second attempt to drill into Quela was successful, but there was a timing issue during sample manipulation in CHIMRA that resulted in premature halting of the Sol 1465 sequence.  So on Sol 1466 we'll pick up where MSL stopped and sieve the new sample, dump the unsieved fraction, and… Read More

Names Approved for 14 Features on Ceres

16 September 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 14 craters on Ceres: Aristaeus, Begbalel, Braciaca, Cacaguat, Centeotl, Duginavi, Hakumyi, Hatipowa, Ialonus, Kiriamma, Laukumate, Megwomets, Razeka, and Xochipilli. For more information, see the Ceres map in the… Read More