Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 816-818 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Leaving Book Cliffs

21 November 2014

Over the weekend 3-sol plan, Curiosity will wrap up the investigation at Book Cliffs and drive toward Alexander Hills and Carnivore Canyon.   It’s been a great week at Book Cliffs, and Curiosity acquired a lot of exciting data.  We analyzed 3 fresh surfaces at Book Cliffs, at… Read More

Sol 815 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Another busy day at Book Cliffs

20 November 2014

Over the past few sols Curiosity has been investigating the Book Cliffs outcrop at the Pahrump Hills.   On Sol 814, Curiosity brushed off the dust at “Afton Canyon” as seen in this MAHLI image.  Today’s plan is focused on characterizing the upper part of Book… Read More

Sol 814 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: More Contact Science at Book Cliffs

19 November 2014

Curiosity is still investigating the Book Cliffs outcrop on our second pass at the Pahrump Hills.   To learn more about Curiosity’s activities at the Pahrump Hills, check out this recent press release.  I’m on duty as the Geology and Mineralogy Science Theme Lead again… Read More

Sol 813 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Brushing off the dust at Book Cliffs

18 November 2014

After a successful drive on Sol 812, Curiosity is well positioned for contact science at the Book Cliffs outcrop.  We’ve been taking some really interesting MAHLI images lately, including this one from Sol 810 of the target “Potatoe” ).  The plan today is to use the Dust… Read More

Sol 812 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Booking it back to Book Cliffs

17 November 2014

Curiosity continues to investigate the Pahrump Hills.  This is the second time that we are driving up the exposed section, and on this pass we’ve selected several key outcrops to study in more detail.  The full path of our “walkabout” at the Pahrump Hills can be seen… Read More

Sol 809-811 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Contact Science

14 November 2014

With the weekend coming up, we are working on a three sol plan for sols 809-811. The main activity for sol 809 is using Curiosity’s arm to brush off the target “Mojave” followed by supporting images with Mastcam and MAHLI and measurements with APXS. On sol 810, Mastcam has two… Read More

Sol 806-808 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Congratulations Rosetta!

13 November 2014

On Sol 806, we at the USGS were off for Veteran’s Day, but Curiosity was still busy! The sol 806 plan had a pretty simple morning science block with a single Mastcam image of the target “Glendora” along with some Mastcam and Navcam atmospheric observations. After that, we used the… Read More

Sol 805 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Tight Sol

10 November 2014

MSL planning is no longer restricted, but today's commands must be sent to the spacecraft earlier than usual, so tactical planning started 1 hour earlier than usual.  The Sol 803 drive put the rover in a good position for examination of fine-scale layering using the arm instruments.  … Read More

Sol 803-804 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Shoemaker

7 November 2014

I'm not on shift today, but keeping up with planning because I'm scheduled as SOWG Chair again on Monday.  And of course I'm curious to see how Curiosity is doing!  The arm activities planned for Sols 801 and 802 completed successfully, so this weekend the rover will drive toward… Read More

Sol 801-802 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Investigating the Scuff

5 November 2014

The short drive and wheel scuffing activities planned for Sol 799 all completed as planned, leaving the rover in position for detailed examination of the scuff.  Planning is still restricted, so we are planning 2 sols again today.  On Sol 801, Mastcam and ChemCam will observe the… Read More