Curiosity Rover Updates 

These updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public. Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.

This image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 4192 (2024-05-22 06:36:49 UTC).

Sols 4193-4194: Stay Overnight? No, Touch-and-Go!

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Earth planning date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 One of the biggest challenges that comes with operating a rover on another planet is that we don’t always know exactly what we’re going to have in front of us when we park…

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This image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 4190 (2024-05-20 07:37:47 UTC).

Sols 4191-4192: Communication

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Earth planning date: Monday, May 20, 2024 A number of national holidays are taking place around the world this week and next, unofficially marking the start of summer for residents of the northern hemisphere. Holidays and extended weekends are seen…

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This image was taken by MAHLI onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 4187

Sols 4188-4190: Aurora Watch on Mars

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Earth planning date: Friday, May 17, 2024 During the night of May 10, Earth experienced a fantastic display of aurorae (Northern and Southern Lights) which extended all the way to tropical latitudes, courtesy of the strongest geomagnetic storm since 2003.…

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Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)

Sols 4186-4188: Almost there…

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Earth planning day: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 The rover planning engineers yet again did a great job navigating through the large bedrock blocks that litter the terrain in front of us. We are getting ever closer to being able to…

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This black and white image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 4183 with a photo of a hillside of Mars.

Sols 4184-4185: Look Near! Look Far!

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Earth planning date: Monday, May 13, 2024 Today I’ve chosen to show off a spectacular image of ‘Texoli butte,’ but I’m rather biased in my assessment of its beauty because I am currently part of the team studying it. What continues…

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Image taken by the Mars rover Curiosity of a bumpy terrain of Mars. The image shows a hillside and a few vallies afar.

Sols 4182-4183: We Reached the South Side of Pinnacle Ridge… What’s Next?

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Earth planning date: Friday, May 10, 2024 We planned quite a drive on Wednesday, with lots of twists and turns over very bumpy terrain, so the team was delighted to learn everything completed as planned when we received our downlink at…

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm, on May 7, 2024, Sol 4178 of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission, at 23:20:40 UTC.

Sols 4180-4181: Imaging fest!

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Earth planning date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 What a wonderful sight to see all the sedimentary structures. I am a geochemist, but I hear the excitement in the voices of my sediment-specialist colleagues, discussing all those textures and things to see.…

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This image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 4176 (2024-05-05 22:50:10 UTC).

Sols 4178-4179: The Pinnacle Ridge Scarp

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Earth planning date: Monday, May 6, 2024 Curiosity’s set of complex activities and drive over the weekend executed perfectly and we started our planning today directly in front of a scarp, or wall, along a section of the upper Gediz…

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This image shows our previous workspace block and rover wheel tracks from Sol 4171 taken by the Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.

Sols 4175-4177: Don’t Blink We’re Taking a Picture

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Curiosity loves to drive so it’s pretty rare we stay at a location longer than one planning cycle without the intention of drilling.

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This image shows our previous workspace block and rover wheel tracks from Sol 4171 taken by the Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.

Sols 4173-4174: Reflections

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Earth planning date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 Today’s planning was a little out of the ordinary. Not in terms of the plan itself, Curiosity’s team built an exciting plan utilizing much of its science toolkit. Today’s plan was unusual rather due…

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