Landing on Mars is no easy feat. For my landing, I had the help of temperature & pressure sensors that collected data about entry & landing conditions. Engineer Alex Scammell can tell you more about this important piece that helped me land safely.

Thankful for my hardworking team, and happy we both get to do what we love every day. Many are taking a well-earned break this week. Meanwhile I’m checking out some local sights. Together, we’ve got lots more exploring ahead.

Meet some of my “family”:

A rock so nice, I sampled it twice! Just capped and sealed my fifth sample tube, with another piece from this interesting rock. I’m doubling up on samples at some high-priority targets like this one.

Take a moment to marvel at this: I captured my first view of a Martian sunset with my Mastcam-Z. It’s easy to be go-go-go all the time, but it’s also important to look up.

Another little piece of Mars to carry with me.

My latest sample is from a rock loaded with the greenish mineral olivine, and there are several ideas among my science team about how it got there. Hypotheses are flying! Science rules.

Martian weather is still a mystery but to help scientists better understand it, I use my Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) to measure factors such as humidity and wind speed, as well as the amount and size of dust particles in the atmosphere.

Peering inside to look at something no one’s ever seen. I’ve abraded a small patch of this rock to remove the surface layer and get a look underneath. Zeroing in on my next target for .

More pics here for fellow rock lovers:

Get a load of these layers! I’m getting out my abrading tool to take a look inside.

Layered rocks like this often form in water, and can hold clues about what their environment used to be like. Let’s see if this would be another good place for .

If you missed the kickoff of my , you can still see full-scale models of me and Ingenuity at in through April 3, 2022.

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It’s opening weekend for the at in . See models of me and the , and learn more about what we’re doing at the Red Planet. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Wonder how I picked where to land when first arriving at Mars? With the help of engineers like Swati Mohan and new technology called Terrain Relative Navigation, I scanned Jezero Crater and avoided hazards just moments before touchdown. What a ride! 😅

Can’t get to Mars? My team back on Earth is bringing Mars to you, kicking off the . Models of me and the are touring museums across the U.S. First stop: ’s See you this Friday!

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I’m back to work, parked between these two beautiful outcrops. Been doing some imaging, weather studies, chemistry experiments and getting a software update too.

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Solar conjunction is over and I’m ready to get rolling again. Nothing like the feel of Mars under your wheels.

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🎥(Sol 200 drive):

I’m parked in a sweet spot between dunes and a rock outcrop, ready for a 2-week solar conjunction, when the Sun blocks signals to and from Mars. During the lull, I’ll tackle jobs I can do on my own, like watching for dust devils and taking in the weather.

Study the building blocks of ancient Martian life? Sounds like a case for SHERLOC & WATSON. My SHERLOC instrument & WATSON camera help me look for organics & minerals that have been altered by watery environments. See how we investigate potential samples.

Wrapped up a good week of science at “Bastide” rock. I’ve hit the road again and I’m on the lookout for a good “parking spot” to wait out solar conjunction (when the Sun blocks signals to Mars). Lots of “parking” spaces to choose from.

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Where a human geologist would use a rock hammer to crack a rock open and look inside, I’ve got my abrasion tool to make little windows into Mars history for me. Here’s what my latest rock target looks like inside.

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I core rocks, do science and occasionally I take selfies.

I took this one at “Citadelle” after collecting two rock cores from the rock “Rochette,” shown here on the bottom left.

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