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Curiosity update, sols 610-630: Drilling work at Windjana

Emily Lakdawalla • May 15, 2014 • 3

Finally, a new drill site! For the first time in nearly a year, Curiosity has put drill bit to rock and acquired a new sample of Martian material for her analytical instruments to chew on. Scientific data collection at Windjana is now complete; Curiosity drove away last night, on sol 630.

Another Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • May 12, 2014 • 1

One day, five worlds.

Image processing trick: Removing interline transfer smear from Curiosity photos

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2014 • 2

Curiosity took a new self-portrait on sol 613. This post contains a tip for would-be Curiosity image processors on how to make their Curiosity mosaics better: removing the smearing effect of bright objects in MAHLI photos.

Curiosity update, sols 597-610: Picking a drill site at the Kimberley

Emily Lakdawalla • April 24, 2014 • 2

After completing the initial reconnaissance of the Kimberley outcrop two weeks ago, Curiosity is, at last, moving toward a drill site. The science team selected the location last week: a spot near the base of Mount Remarkable, into what they have been calling the "middle unit" at the Kimberley.

Pretty picture: Sunset over Gale crater

Emily Lakdawalla • April 14, 2014 • 5

Imagine yourself on a windswept landscape of rocks and red dust with mountains all around you. The temperature -- never warm on this planet -- suddenly plunges, as the small Sun sets behind the western range of mountains.

Curiosity update: Initial reconnaissance of the Kimberley, sols 585-595

Emily Lakdawalla • April 11, 2014 • 3

Curiosity has been busy performing a survey of the Kimberley, walking the length of the outcrop and taking enormous quantities of photos. The team is now ready to go in for a closer look, and maybe even to drill.

Will We Finally Rove Mawrth Vallis?

J. Brian Balta • April 10, 2014 • 3

Mawrth Vallis was axed as a landing site for Curiosity, but will we get a chance to explore it with ESA's ExoMars rover?

How Does NASA's Ban on Russian Contact Affect Curiosity?

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2014 • 4

Earlier this week, NASA announced that it was cutting off ties with Russia, except for activities relating to the ISS. This raised questions about Russian participation on NASA's science missions, particularly the Russian experiment on the Curiosity rover.

Great new image of Curiosity from HiRISE, just across Dingo Gap

Emily Lakdawalla • April 03, 2014

A Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE image taken on February 10 shows Curiosity having just made deep, dark tracks across the Dingo Gap dune.

Curiosity update, sols 570-583: Arrival at Kimberley and preparation for an arm workout

Emily Lakdawalla • March 28, 2014 • 3

Some arm faults caused delays on Curiosity's approach to Kimberley, but the rover is now parked at its north edge, examining the "striated unit" up close with arm-mounted instruments.

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