John Bridges: Mars Science Laboratory Blog

This blog is a record of my experiences and work during the Mars Science Laboratory mission, from the preparation, landing on August 5th 2012 Pacific Time, and onwards...

In addition to the blog, you can find some amazing videos and other content related to the mission, at:

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/index.cfm?v=49

John Bridges

29th January 2016 Sol 1238

29th January 2016 Sol 1238

Posted by jcb36 at Jan 29, 2016 07:27 PM |

Here is MAHLI's selfie of Curiosity at work on the Hebron part of the Namib dune. Its a mosaic of 57 images. We have scuffed the sand with a rover wheel to get fresh surfaces for this weekend's ChemCam analyses and MastCam images.  Sand deposits are a great way of getting an average composition of Gale Crater.

17th January 2016 Sol 1226

17th January 2016 Sol 1226

Posted by jcb36 at Jan 17, 2016 08:59 PM |

Here is a MastCam image of the scoop taken from the Namib dune. This was taken just prior to closing the scoop and sieving taking place as the turret of the robotic arm was rotated.  Following that the material was dropped into the SAM and CheMin solid inlets.

2nd January 2016 Sol 1211

2nd January 2016 Sol 1211

Posted by jcb36 at Jan 02, 2016 06:56 PM |

This HiRISE image taken from Mars Reconaissance Orbiter shows Curiosity in its current position at the margin of the steep slope of the Bagnold dunes.

28th December 2015 Sol 1206

28th December 2015 Sol 1206

Posted by jcb36 at Dec 28, 2015 10:28 AM |

The MSL team is taking a break from operations for a few days.  We have dumped the Greenhorn drill tailings and are progressing on the Bagnold Dunes campaign. In this MastCam image you can see how grains have run down the steep sides of the dunes.

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