Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 360: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Touch and Go

9 August 2013

My SOWG Chair shift today was especially busy, as we planned MSL's first "touch and go. The plan is to deploy the arm on Sol 360 for MAHLI and APXS observations of a rock right in front of the rover, then the arm will be stowed for another drive on Sol 361. We are also planning to observe a transit of Mars' larger satellite Phobos in front of the Sun early on Sol 363. The team has worked very hard to fit all of this good stuff into the plan today. If all goes well this weekend, we should be able to plan similarly complex arm+drive sols in the near future.