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Sols 1463-1465: Trying Again

16 September 2016

After doing the drill diagnostics, the team has decided to try drilling at Quela again over the weekend. Sol 1463 will start with ChemCam of some pebbles called “Omusati” and some veins called “Didimbo”. Mastcam will document both targets, and then do a tau measurement to… Read More

Sol 1461: Time to drill

14 September 2016

It’s always an exciting day on Mars when you prepare to drill another sample – an engineering feat that we’ve become so accustomed to that I sometimes forget how impressive this really is!  Today’s plan just looks like a “typical” drill sol.  First… Read More

Sol 1460: Preparing to drill

13 September 2016

Yesterday was sol 2 of the drill campaign at “Quela” and we did a lot of great remote sensing, contact science and wheel imaging (see the above RMI image showing fine lamination in some pebbles, and the MAHLI image of the wheels to monitor their health).  Today’s plan… Read More

Sol 1459: Characterizing the Marimba dump pile

12 September 2016

Over the weekend, Curiosity completed analyses of the “Marimba” drill sample (our previous drill target), and dumped the post-sieve sample. Today’s plan is focused on MAHLI and APXS of the dump pile, and MAHLI imaging of the CheMin inlet to prepare for drill activities at our… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Ceres: Uhola Catenae

12 September 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Uhola Catenae for a feature on Ceres. For more information, see the Ceres map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Features on Mars: Nybyen and Flateyri

12 September 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mars: Nybyen and Flateyri. For more information, see the map for MC-26 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 1456-1458: Settling in at Quela

9 September 2016

We had a successful drive yesterday, and Curiosity is now parked at our next drill site, called “Quela”, right at the base of one of the Murray Buttes. The Sol 1456 plan starts with a Mastcam atmospheric observation, followed by ChemCam and Mastcam of “Quela” and a Mastcam… Read More

Sol 1455: Driving to Quela

8 September 2016

After another successful drive of ~40 m, Curiosity is aiming to approach the south side of a butte for our next potential drill site.  The area is known as “Quela,” and is seen in the above Navcam image as the bright outcrop at the base of the butte. Today’s plan includes a… Read More

Names Approved for Features on Mars: Murray, Mambali, Baum, and Degana

6 September 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four craters on Mars: Murray, Mambali, Baum, and Degana. For more information, see the maps for MC-18 and MC-20 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 1454: Approaching the next drill site

6 September 2016

The 4-sol plan over the holiday weekend went well, and Curiosity drove ~40 m to the south.  We’re currently just to the east of a butte that we’re planning to approach as our next potential drill site.  Today’s 1-sol plan is a busy one.  We’ll start with… Read More