News and Updates


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 724 19:15

Sol 724

posted 2014-08-20 07:18:32 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 724 17:05

Sol 724

Sol 722

Sol 703: Approached edge of "Hidden Valley"

posted 2014-08-20 05:04:47 by @MidnightLoader


Embarrassed to say, MP might have been missing some MSL images from older sols. They're downloading and I've fixed the issue for the future.

posted 2014-08-19 23:20:59


Sol 724 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Mini-Drill Hole (USGS) - Link - Next up: "mini-drill".

posted 2014-08-19 22:39:13


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3757 20:15

Sol 3757

Sol 3754

posted 2014-08-19 18:07:51 by @MidnightLoader


@MidnightLoader is filling in some older images today. Not sure if these might be duplicates. I think I'll mute these older updates.

posted 2014-08-19 17:06:50


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 724 04:46

Sol 560: APXS and MAHLI observations of rock Secure; drive ~24m WSW 1

Sol 558: Mastcam and ChemCam observations of "Mount Amy"; MAHLI and APXS observations of soil target "Johnny Cake" 2

Sol 554

Sol 553: Drove ~55m by "Kylie", Mastcam images before and after 3

Sol 552: Mastcam imaging including "Kylie", "Wilson Cliffs" 4 3

posted 2014-08-19 16:25:34 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 724 03:44

Sol 571: APXS of the observation tray; Mastcam panorama 5

Sol 569: Drove almost 100m ESE toward "The Kimberley" 6

Sol 568: Drove about 74m SSE 7 6

Sol 567: Targeted ChemCam and Mastcam observations of nearby rocks; drive delayed while MRO is in safe mode 8

Sol 565: Drove ~31.4m SSW

Sol 564: MAHLI imaging; drove ~41.1m WSW

Sol 563

Sol 562: Short drives with MAHLI wheel imaging; Mastcam and ChemCam RMI observations of dunes near the base of Aeolis Mons 9

posted 2014-08-19 15:21:29 by @MidnightLoader


Updates will continue to be sporadic today while @MidnightLoader processes ChemCam images. (I fixed the spurious notifications, at least.)

posted 2014-08-19 14:30:33


Via @elakdawalla: .@MarsCuriosity wheel damage: The problem & solutions, my in-depth report - Link - Link

posted 2014-08-19 14:29:36


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 724 00:42

Sol 574: Drove about 40 meters S toward outcrop 10

Sol 573: Untargeted remote sensing 5

posted 2014-08-19 12:15:21 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 23:02

Sol 722

posted 2014-08-19 10:32:17 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 22:37

Sol 722

posted 2014-08-19 10:06:06 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 21:37

Sol 587: Drove about 22m E around "The Kimberley" to scout the path ahead, after short drives to check the wheels 11 12

posted 2014-08-19 09:05:22 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 16:48

Sol 723

Sol 722

posted 2014-08-19 04:08:10 by @MidnightLoader


@MidnightLoader has been updated to handle the new enhanced ChemCam images. Still in the process of updating earlier sols.

posted 2014-08-19 01:08:55


Via @NASA: .@MarsCuriosity brushed aside dust on Martian 'Bonanza King,' a possible drilling target: - Link   - Link

posted 2014-08-19 00:30:43


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 08:25

Sol 722

posted 2014-08-18 19:31:18 by @MidnightLoader


Field Notes from Mars update for August 15: lots of info on Opportunity's exciting climb of Cape Tribulation - Link

posted 2014-08-18 18:46:44


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 07:33

Sol 722

Sol 711: Assessing driving conditions on sand 13

Sol 710

Sol 709: Excess slippage while driving on sand 14

Sol 707

Sol 706: Drove into "Hidden Valley" 15

Sol 705: Bump to approach "Resting Spring", "Thimble" and "Poleta" 16

Sol 704: Dumped sample from CHIMRA; ChemCam and Mastcam observations of "Thimble" and "Resting Spring" 17

Sol 703: Approached edge of "Hidden Valley"

Sol 701

Sol 700

Sol 694

posted 2014-08-18 18:37:21 by @MidnightLoader


@MidnightLoader updates will be rocky for a bit today while I try to get the improved ChemCam images to show up.

posted 2014-08-18 18:25:57


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 07:04

Sol 722

Sol 717

Sol 714: Drove out of "Hidden Valley"

Sol 713: Drove back out of sand to reevaluate options 18

Sol 711: Assessing driving conditions on sand 13

posted 2014-08-18 18:07:43 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 07:01

Sol 722

posted 2014-08-18 18:05:17 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 06:58

Sol 721

Sol 720

Sol 719

Sol 718

Sol 717

posted 2014-08-18 18:02:02 by @MidnightLoader


Sol 721 Curiosity Update from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Bonanza King (USGS) - Link / Sol 722 was drill pre-loading.

posted 2014-08-18 17:56:25


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 06:39

Sol 722

posted 2014-08-18 17:42:40 by @MidnightLoader


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3756 20:03

Sol 3754

posted 2014-08-18 17:15:57 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 05:52

Sol 721

posted 2014-08-18 16:53:48 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 05:29

Sol 721

posted 2014-08-18 16:30:22 by @MidnightLoader


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3756 19:00

Sol 3756

posted 2014-08-18 16:11:18 by @MidnightLoader


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3756 18:38

Sol 3756

Sol 3754

posted 2014-08-18 15:48:53 by @MidnightLoader


I've reconnected the @MidnightPlanets Twitter feed and the home page. I'll probably work on refining this more later. - Link

posted 2014-08-18 15:13:07


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 03:57

Sol 721

Sol 720

posted 2014-08-18 14:55:45 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 03:52

Sol 721

posted 2014-08-18 14:50:32 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 722 23:50

Sol 722

posted 2014-08-18 10:41:36 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 722 23:26

Sol 722

posted 2014-08-18 10:17:01 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 722 19:33

Sol 720

posted 2014-08-18 06:18:12 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 722 18:56

Sol 720

posted 2014-08-18 05:40:13 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 722 15:45

Sol 722

posted 2014-08-18 02:23:06 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 722 15:15

Sol 722

Sol 721

Sol 720

Sol 719

Sol 718

Sol 717

posted 2014-08-18 01:53:16 by @MidnightLoader


Via @mickhyde: Apollo 9 panorama. #Apollo #Space - Link

posted 2014-08-17 17:14:25


Via @JessicaLemme: Epic clouds at sunset the day before yesterday. For @josephboldt, who often excitedly texts me the light's status. - Link

posted 2014-08-17 01:56:12


Via @elakdawalla: On Mars, Curiosity has zapped her drilling target with a laser to measure what it's made of - Link - Link

posted 2014-08-16 16:31:18


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 721 05:41

Sol 717

posted 2014-08-16 15:23:10 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 721 04:46

Sol 720

posted 2014-08-16 14:27:12 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 720 22:57

Sol 720

posted 2014-08-16 08:27:49 by @MidnightLoader


References

  1. Sol 560 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: At JPL  ↩

  2. Sol 557 - 559 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Discipline  ↩

  3. PIA17946: Map of Recent and Planned Driving by Curiosity as of Feb. 18, 2014  ↩

  4. Curiosity's Traverse Map Through Sol 561  ↩

  5. Sol 571 - 573 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: APXS the Observation Tray  ↩

  6. Sol 569 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Toward "The Kimberley"  ↩

  7. Sol 568 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Data Squeeze  ↩

  8. Sol 567 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Late Slide Sol, Only Driving  ↩

  9. Sol 562 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Just Enough Power  ↩

  10. Sol 574 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: No Targets to Reach, Let's Drive  ↩

  11. Sol 587 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Kimberley  ↩

  12. Sol 588 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Path Ahead  ↩

  13. Sol 711 Update on Curiosity from MSL Scientist Lauren Edgar: Slippage  ↩

  14. Sol 710 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Deep Tracks  ↩

  15. Sol 706 Update on Curiosity from MSL Scientist Lauren Edgar: Scenic Route  ↩

  16. Sol 705 Update On Curiosity From MSL Scientist Lauren Edgar: Hidden Valley  ↩

  17. Sol 704 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Off-Planet Driving Record  ↩

  18. Sol 713 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: High Road or Low Road?  ↩