News and Updates


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 727 19:34

Sol 727

posted 2014-08-23 09:37:01 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 727 17:03

Sol 726: MAHLI imaging of incomplete mini-drill hole at "Bonanza King"

posted 2014-08-23 07:02:07 by @MidnightLoader


Via @elakdawalla: Curiosity update, sols 697-726: Mars thwarts driving and drilling. At least the view is nice! - Link - Link

posted 2014-08-22 21:35:26


Via @elakdawalla: Philae landing site selection process underway as Rosetta closes to within 60 km of the comet - Link - Link

posted 2014-08-22 19:15:09


Via @MarsCuriosity: Movin' on. "Bonanza King" rock not stable for drilling, so my team tweaks route - Link - Link

posted 2014-08-22 19:13:56


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3760 19:21

Sol 3717

posted 2014-08-22 19:11:00 by @MidnightLoader


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3760 18:40

Sol 3748

Sol 3717

Sol 3716

Sol 3713

Sol 3711

Sol 3709

posted 2014-08-22 18:29:03 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 727 04:30

Sol 726: MAHLI imaging of incomplete mini-drill hole at "Bonanza King"

Sol 710

posted 2014-08-22 18:07:47 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 727 00:25

Sol 726: MAHLI imaging of incomplete mini-drill hole at "Bonanza King"

posted 2014-08-22 13:56:22 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 726 18:04

Sol 726: MAHLI imaging of incomplete mini-drill hole at "Bonanza King"

Sol 725: Rock shifted during drill attempt at "Bonanza King" 1

Sol 710

posted 2014-08-22 07:24:46 by @MidnightLoader


Via @elakdawalla: RT @AGUPlanetary: New color map of Neptune's moon Triton created using Voyager 2 data. - Link - Link

posted 2014-08-22 00:58:49


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 726 11:35

Sol 710

posted 2014-08-22 00:44:41 by @MidnightLoader


Via @ridingrobots: The fourth planet, seen--today--by Mars Express. More: - Link - Link

posted 2014-08-21 19:09:18


Via @alexwitze: .@MarsCuriosity has run into some challenges in its 4th attempt to drill a rock. By @BBCAmos - Link

posted 2014-08-21 18:57:57


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3759 18:54

Sol 3748

Sol 3742

Sol 3727

Sol 3720

Sol 3709

Sol 3562: More Microscopic imaging and APXS of "Pinnacle Island"

posted 2014-08-21 18:04:22 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 726 04:50

Sol 710

Sol 707

posted 2014-08-21 17:48:28 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 726 04:27

Sol 725: Rock shifted during drill attempt at "Bonanza King" 1

posted 2014-08-21 17:24:57 by @MidnightLoader


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3759 17:57

Sol 3562: More Microscopic imaging and APXS of "Pinnacle Island"

Sol 3560: Microscopic imaging and APXS of "Pinnacle Island" 2

posted 2014-08-21 17:05:55 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 726 03:49

Sol 725: Rock shifted during drill attempt at "Bonanza King" 1

posted 2014-08-21 16:46:25 by @MidnightLoader


Via @elakdawalla: On October 19, the Mars rovers, like their orbiting cousins, will become comet flyby missions. Mark Lemmon explains: - Link

posted 2014-08-21 15:31:22


MSL site metadata got messed up last night due to a typo on my end. Sorry about that. It's fixed now.

posted 2014-08-21 14:21:48


Via @tristamsparks: wow… @MidnightPlanets stitches @MarsCuriosity photos into Martian street view. iOS app: - Link vid: htt…

posted 2014-08-21 12:33:08


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 725 20:20

Sol 721

Sol 717

Sol 713: Drove back out of sand to reevaluate options 3

Sol 707

posted 2014-08-21 09:05:13 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 725 16:59

Sol 724

posted 2014-08-21 05:38:01 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 725 16:27

Sol 725: Rock shifted during drill attempt at "Bonanza King" 1

Sol 722: Brush of "Bonanza King" drill target 4

posted 2014-08-21 05:05:01 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 725 15:53

Sol 725: Rock shifted during drill attempt at "Bonanza King" 1

posted 2014-08-21 04:30:32 by @MidnightLoader


Via @MarsWxReport: growing layer fine dust on @MarsCuriosity evident this collage of MAHLI images. SmCo magnet rings protect UV sensors htt…

posted 2014-08-21 03:14:52


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3759 01:01

Sol 3757

Sol 3756

Sol 3755

Sol 3754

Sol 3560: Microscopic imaging and APXS of "Pinnacle Island" 2

posted 2014-08-20 23:41:08 by @MidnightLoader


"WdowiakRidge" on Opportunity Sol 3756; Pancam L257 false-color, on Flickr: - Link

posted 2014-08-20 21:12:52


Opportunity (MER-B) Update - Sol 3758 22:02

Sol 3758

Sol 3757

Sol 3756

Sol 3755

Sol 3754

Sol 3753

posted 2014-08-20 20:37:46 by @MidnightLoader


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 725 07:57

Sol 707

Sol 703: Approached edge of "Hidden Valley"

posted 2014-08-20 20:21:09 by @MidnightLoader


Via @exploreplanets: Mars Analogue Mission in Canada: The ultimate goal is to simulate Mars Sample Return. - Link - Link

posted 2014-08-20 20:20:08


Whoops, forgot the link for "Curiosity wheel damage: The problem and solutions" - Link - again, the definitive summary.

posted 2014-08-20 16:23:36


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 725 03:55

Sol 703: Approached edge of "Hidden Valley"

posted 2014-08-20 16:12:52 by @MidnightLoader


Via @elakdawalla: Go Opportunity! RT @db_prods: New Postcard! Sol 3754. Climbing Up The Hill. A wonderful view! - Link - Link

posted 2014-08-20 16:01:05


"Curiosity wheel damage: The problem and solutions" - excellent summary of the wheel situation by @elakdawalla

posted 2014-08-20 15:51:48


Sol 725 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Zapping Targets (USGS) - Link

posted 2014-08-20 15:49:42


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 725 03:10

Sol 703: Approached edge of "Hidden Valley"

posted 2014-08-20 15:26:57 by @MidnightLoader


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: Brush of "Bonanza King" drill target 4

Sol 706: Drove into "Hidden Valley" 5

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 6

Sol 558: Mastcam and ChemCam observations of "Mount Amy"; MAHLI and APXS observations of soil target "Johnny Cake" 7

Sol 555

Sol 554

Sol 553: Drove ~55m by "Kylie", Mastcam images before and after 8

Sol 552: Mastcam imaging including "Kylie", "Wilson Cliffs" 9 8

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 10

Sol 569: Drove almost 100m ESE toward "The Kimberley" 11

Sol 568: Drove about 74m SSE 12 11

Sol 567: Targeted ChemCam and Mastcam observations of nearby rocks; drive delayed while MRO is in safe mode 13

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 14

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 579

Sol 574: Drove about 40 meters S toward outcrop 15

Sol 573: Untargeted remote sensing 10

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


Curiosity (MSL) Update - Sol 723 23:02

Sol 722: Brush of "Bonanza King" drill target 4

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


References

  1. Mars Rover Team Chooses Not to Drill 'Bonanza King'  ↩

  2. sols 3554-3560, Jan. 22, 2014-Jan. 28, 2014: Work on Mystery Rock Continues As Rover Marks 10 Years on Mars  ↩

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

  4. Sol 721 on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Bonanza King  ↩

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

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

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

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

  9. Curiosity's Traverse Map Through Sol 561  ↩

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

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

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

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

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

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