Curiosity Mission Updates

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on Sol 2459 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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MAHLI was busy over the weekend. The data from Mars returned a trove of close-up images from the outcrop near the top of "Harlaw Rise," including the one shown here. Along with outcrop images, MAHLI took pictures of the rover wheels to check for wear and tear. Those images can be seen at this link. Although the wheels have developed some holes, the testing and modeling that have been done since early 2014 indicate that Curiosity can still travel a number of kilometers on these wheels.

Today the team was busy planning two sols of activity. The rover moved only three meters over the weekend, so it is not far from last week's activity. MAHLI will be active again, getting a "dog's eye view" of laminated target "Strathdon." MAHLI, APXS, and ChemCam will all investigate the top of the same block, with the target name "Feshie" as well as a nearby block named "Sligachan." ChemCam and Mastcam will observe 'Shapinsay" at the base of the block that has the targets "Feshie" and "Strathdon." ChemCam and Mastcam will also take long-distance images of the sulfate unit, which is uphill from this location. Navcam will look for dust devils and will also take a horizon movie. RAD, REMS, and DAN will all take data, as usual. Curiosity will stay in place until later in the week.

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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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