Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.
We’re wrapping up our Hutton drill campaign literally at the tail end.
February 24, 2020
The title of this blog is a quote from my fellow blogger Dawn Sumner’s poem in the sol 2676 to 2679 blog, and it seems the best way to capture our struggles once again.
February 21, 2020
Curiosity kicked off her fifth Mars Year with a successful and busy weekend, running both CheMin and SAM to increase our knowledge of the mineralogy, chemistry and isotopic composition of the “Hutton” drill sample.
February 19, 2020
The team is currently analyzing our most recent drill powder from "Hutton." Our first analysis of its mineralogy with CheMin was successful, and the SAM team decided to proceed with an EGA analysis.
February 14, 2020
Curiosity is parked at the “Hutton” drill site, just below the contact with the overlying Greenheugh pediment.
February 12, 2020
The Curiosity rover is currently located at Hutton, where she successfully completed her 24th drill last week.
February 11, 2020
We were greeted this morning with images of our newest (and 24th!) drill hole on the surface of Mars! The Front Hazcam image above shows the drill in action at target “Hutton.”
February 10, 2020
We are parked at the "Hutton" drill site, our next drill site on Mars.
February 6, 2020
After seeing our initial contact science results and our successful pre-load test, the plan is to continue preparing to drill and get a sample from the Hutton target.
February 5, 2020
Today’s planning was very interesting as we didn’t know what type of sol this would be until right before the meeting when all the science and engineering requests are integrated into a single plan for the rover to execute.
February 4, 2020
Curiosity is near the contact between the clay-bearing “Glen Torridon” unit and the “Greenheugh” pediment, and the rover is parked at a mission-record setting 26.9˚ tilt!
February 3, 2020
Yesterday’s drive successfully moved us uphill and closer to the “Greenheugh" pediment.
January 30, 2020
Today the geology theme group planned a single sol with a short science block and contact science, followed by a drive towards the bench along the side of “Tower Butte.”
January 29, 2020
The Sol 2657 drive went well, so we have new bedrock exposures to explore on Sol 2658.
January 28, 2020
Curiosity continues to function normally on Mars. We are at a very interesting point with potential changes in rock chemistry.
January 27, 2020
We learned this morning that plan was successful and Curiosity was ready for science once more!
January 21, 2020
Curiosity stores its body attitude in memory, things like the orientation of each joint, which instrument on the end of its arm is pointing down, and how close APXS is to the ground.
January 20, 2020
While descending from Western Butte, Curiosity has stopped to investigate a strange trough along the way.
January 13, 2020
Curiosity is still on the shoulder of Western Butte at a location that provides a good vantage point, exposes changes in stratigraphy, and reveals some interesting float blocks in our workspace.
January 11, 2020
The Curiosity rover is still at the highest point it will reach on “Western Butte,” having done a short bump to allow it to do contact science.
January 9, 2020
Sunrise was late this morning in Earth's mid-northern latitudes, so I made a point of looking for Mars before dawn when I woke up.
January 8, 2020
We found out that over the weekend the planned “bump” to get the rover in position for contact science didn’t execute.
January 7, 2020
At the start of planning for the 3-sol weekend plan, we were told that telemetry showed one of Curiosity’s middle wheels was lifted ~15 cm off the ground following the previous drive.
January 6, 2020
The two MRO passes that should have downlinked the data from Curiosity’s New Year activities, to enable planning today, got delayed during processing on the ground.
January 2, 2020