Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1352: Scouting a path

25 May 2016

We'd like to keep driving toward the southwest, but can't see all of the terrain ahead from our current location.  So the Sol 1352 plan includes a short drive to give us a better view.  Before the rover moves, Mastcam will acquire a large stereo mosaic of the "Breckhorn" ridge in… Read More

Sol 1351: Ridge chemistry

24 May 2016

MSL is in a good position for contact science on the small ridge in front of the rover, so the Sol 1351 operations team decided to stay here and acquire chemical data.  First, CheMin will return the results of the latest analysis of the Lubango drill sample while ChemCam observes rock… Read More

Sol 1350: Data processing delay

23 May 2016

I'm SOWG Chair again today, and started browsing the latest data from MSL early this morning.  To my dismay, the post-drive images that we expected to receive in time for planning today were not available!  It turned out that the data were received on Earth, but the Mars Reconnaissance… Read More

Sols 1348-1349: A smoother route

20 May 2016

Our drive on Sol 1346 was successful and brought us to a location with a view of the rugged ridges of the area we’ve been calling “Fracture Town”. In fact, from our current location, we decided that those ridges may be a bit too rough for comfort, so we are planning a slight… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Echus Palus

20 May 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Echus Palus for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-10 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 1346-1347: Onward to Fracture Town

18 May 2016

We are coming up on the edge of Naukluft plateau (again!). The plan for Sol 1346 starts off with ChemCam observations of the targets “Etusis” and “Etiro”, to continue measuring the variations in silica abundance around large fractures. Mastcam has a context image of these… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Hiddekel Cavus

17 May 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Hiddekel Cavus for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-12 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 1344-1345: Touch and Go

16 May 2016

The drive planned last weekend completed successfully, moving MSL less than 6 meters into position for contact science on the rocks broken by the rover wheels.  Planning is restricted this week, so we are planning 2 sols' worth of activities.  The first sol (1344) includes a "touch… Read More

Sols 1341-1343: A change of plans

13 May 2016

The MSL team was originally planning a long drive this weekend, but there was enough interest in the fresh rock surfaces exposed near the rover that we decided to investigate them instead.  Before we could decide whether to "bump" to the rocks that were broken when the rover drove over… Read More

Sols 1339-1340: Two Mars Years!

11 May 2016

Happy birthday, Curiosity! As of today, the rover has been on the surface of Mars for two Mars years (almost four Earth years)! To celebrate, we have a new press release discussing our ongoing environmental measurements. These sorts of systematic measurements become more useful the longer the rover… Read More