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Published Date: Fri, 10 May 2024 20:43:58 +0000

Summary: On Friday, May 10, 2024, Curiosity successfully completed a planned drive over challenging terrain, parking on the south side of Pinnacle Ridge. The team debated whether to conduct additional science on the south side of the ridge or continue towards Gediz Vallis channel. Leading the discussion, the Long Term Planner helped the team decide to move on, concluding the potential new data might not significantly differ from what was already collected on the north side. The plan included Mastcam observations, contact science on rocks “Boyden Cave” and “Royal Arches,” and ChemCam LIBS on “Otter Lake” and “Nevada Falls.” The rover would then drive 23 meters southwest. The day’s operations involved making quick, collaborative decisions to guide Curiosity’s mission. The team appreciated the dynamic problem-solving and the thrill of directing a vehicle on Mars.

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