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Date published: August 27, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sol 3219-3220: Almost There

If all goes according to today’s plan, we should end up about 7 meters from our next drill location. We’ve noticed a change in the texture of the rocks over the last few drives, so we are eagerly collecting data as we approach the drill site to help understand what caused the change. 

Date published: August 26, 2021

Remembering Carolyn S. Shoemaker (1929–2021)

The USGS Astrogeology family is grieving the loss of Carolyn Shoemaker, who died on August 13 at the age of 92. Shoemaker was a world-renowned astronomer who discovered or co-discovered 377 asteroids/numbered minor planets and 32 comets, including the co-discovery of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 which broke apart and crashed into Jupiter in 1994.

Date published: August 24, 2021

The 5th Planetary Data Workshop and 2nd Planetary Science Informatics & Data Analytics Meeting Was A Huge Success: Information Now Publicly Available

Great news! All presentations from the 2021 Planetary Data Workshop and Planetary Science Informatics & Data Analytics meeting are now available to the public. To learn more about working with planetary data - such as processing pipelines, tools, artificial intelligence, software management, cloud computing, and even increasing inclusivity in the workplace, you can access the workshop...

Date published: August 24, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sols 3217-3218: Optimizing the next drive

The Sol 3216 drive went well, placing the rover in an area of bright bedrock partly covered by dark sand.

Date published: August 19, 2021

Grover the Geologic Rover: A Visitor Favorite

When visitors come to the Astrogeology Science Center, Grover the Geologic Rover is often the star attraction. Lunar Roving Vehicles (LRVs) played an important role in the last three Apollo missions, which allowed astronauts to cover greater distances, travel further from the Lunar Module, carry more gear and instruments, and retrieve more rock samples. 

Date published: August 11, 2021

Curiosity Blog | Sol 3203: Leaving the Nontron Quad

Curiosity is making good progress along the path to our next intended drill location, and making a lot of great observations along the way.

Date published: August 9, 2021

Local Grand Falls Dunes in the Eyes of Scientific Research

Do you know that Grand Falls is not only a tourist attraction, but two kilometers away are the Grand Falls Dunes?  USGS scientists are studying the Grand Falls Dunes not only to benefit the people who live on the land, but also to gain insight to how dunes processes work on other planets.

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.