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Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

I was SOWG Chair again planning Sol 452, which was disappointing because it was basically a repeat of Sol 451. When the Sol 451 plan was run on the testbed, a potential problem was discovered and the decision was made at the last minute not to send it to the rover. The problem, which may have caused the rover to reboot, was corrected in the Sol 452 plan. The recovery from the software anomaly has been completed and the Sol 453 plan included targeted remote sensing and a drive. The drive went well (~47 meters) and another drive is being planned for Sol 454.

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These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public.

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.

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The Curiosity rover has tools to study clues about past and present environmental conditions on Mars, including whether conditions have ever been favorable for microbial life. The rover carries:

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