Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 487 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Dump Pile

18 December 2013

I'm on my way home from the ChemCam team meeting, so again not involved in MSL tactical operations, but saw that the Sol 487 plan includes dumping the last of the Cumberland drill sample and MAHLI imaging of the dump pile. The sample handling system (CHIMRA) will be cleaned out after holding the sample for months. This will make it much easier to use the arm, as sample management will not be required.