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Date published: July 23, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3187-3189: Examining a linear ridge

The Sol 3185 drive went well!

Date published: July 12, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3173-3175: Cleaning CheMin

The data needed to confirm that it was safe to drop some of the latest drill sample into CheMin were received late in the planning process on Wednesday, so no changes to the Sol 3171-3172 plan were needed. 

Date published: July 2, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3167-3169: Holiday, Soliday, and Preparing To Drill!

On Sol 3165 Curiosity carried out a short bump to better position the rover for drilling. The bump went well and we were excited to dive straight into planning today.

Date published: June 24, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3158-3159: More nodules

The sol 3156 drive went well, leaving the rover on bedrock with lots of dark nodules. 

Date published: June 21, 2021

Curiosity Blog: Sols 3156-3157: Making good progress

Curiosity had another nice ~51 m drive over the weekend, making good progress towards the next intended drill location and taking in the view along the way.  It’s a good reminder to check the rearview mirror (or the view over the back right side of the rover, as seen in the above Navcam image) to remind ourselves just how far we’ve come.

Date published: June 16, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3144-3145: Fifty Meters at a Time

Our 58 meter drive yesterday was successful, putting us in a new location with new targets to analyze! The plan for sols 3144 and 3145 is focused on contact science on two targets, a nodule named “Sarlande” and a patch of bedrock named “Plaisance”. 

Date published: June 8, 2021

USGS Astrogeology gears up for the 5th Planetary Data Workshop and 2nd Planetary Science Informatics & Data Analytics Meeting: A data driven endeavor!

Astrogeology Science Center (ASC) gears up for the upcoming 5th Planetary Data Workshop (PDW) and 2nd Planetary Science Informatics & Data Analytics (PSIDA) meeting, which will be held virtually from June 28 to July 2, 2021, with a registration deadline of June 23.

Date published: May 27, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sol 3131: Recovering

The Sol 3131 plan is focused on recovering from recent anomalies. 

Date published: May 25, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3129-3130: A Familiar Scene

We started planning today hoping to see some new bedrock in our workspace, but unfortunately the weekend plan didn’t work out exactly as we had hoped.

Date published: May 17, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3119-3121: A full weekend plan

There is lots of bedrock in the arm workspace in front of the rover and contact science targets were quickly selected this morning. 

Date published: May 10, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3117-3118: An Abundance of Diagenetic

Today Curiosity is finishing up at a stop designed to investigate diagenetic features—features that formed after the sediment first was deposited—such as veins and color variations within the bedrock.

Date published: April 14, 2021

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