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Field Report From Mars: Sol 3150 - December 3, 2012

Larry Crumpler • December 03, 2012

Here at station 14 we have decided to do a detailed investigation of an outcrop that is well exposed and lies within an area where there is orbital remote-sensing evidence for clay minerals. These particular rocks are interesting in that they contain a lot of thin veins and alteration zones along joints (cracks) in the outcrops.

More than you probably wanted to know about Curiosity's SAM instrument

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2012 • 26

With all the hoopla surrounding the unknown results of the first analysis of a soil sample by Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, I thought an explainer would be useful. What is SAM, what is it designed to measure, and what is the nature of its results? Here you go.

One Year Ago

Casey Dreier • November 26, 2012

MSL Curiosity left the Earth one year ago today. This is my experience of the launch.

Pretty Picture: Curiosity on the edge of a geologist's paradise

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2012 • 1

On Saturday, while parked for the Thanksgiving holiday at the edge of Glenelg, Curiosity took a lovely panorama pointed to the east and into Glenelg.

Cosmoquest Science Hour, Wednesday: Curiosity update with Emily and Fraser

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2012 • 6

This week's Cosmoquest Astronomy Hour Google+ Hangout at 1600 PST / midnight UTC on Wednesday will feature me and Fraser Cain talking about what Curiosity's been up to, and answering your questions.

Nifty animation: Dust in the air for Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2012

An animation of Curiosity photos shows changes in the weather.

Planetary Radio Live--Celebrating Curiosity

Mat Kaplan • November 20, 2012

Bill Nye and Planetary Society colleagues welcome mission leaders Richard Cook and John Grotzinger to a live discussion about the Mars Science Laboratory Rover.

Curiosity sol 102 update: Eppur si muove

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2012 • 2

Curiosity is a rover again at last! She was parked at the dune named Rocknest for 40 sols, from sol 60 through 99. On sol 100, she drove right on top of the dune, obliterating her five scoop marks. Then on sol 102 she took a good long, 35-meter drive so that she's now right on the edge of the "high thermal inertia unit" that attracted her to the spot the team has named Glenelg.

Save Our Science: November Update

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2012 • 5

We've sent over sixteen thousand of emails to the president, but we need more.

What We're Fighting For

Casey Dreier • November 13, 2012

We're fighting for the restoration of NASA's planetary sciences budget to return to its 2012 level. What does that get us? New financial analysis from our sources in the scientific community provides us a glimpse.

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