Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 584 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Layers and Landslides

28 March 2014

MSL planning is still restricted, but because the rover has not moved we were able to plan more targeted contact science on Sol 584. After ChemCam and Mastcam observations of a couple nearby rock targets, a big mosaic of the recessive layers in the outcrop in front of us is planned. Then MAHLI will image a couple of small landslides (visible here) that were probably caused by vibration of the surface as the rover drove up to this outcrop. The contact science block will conclude with MAHLI images of Pandanus Yard. But that's not all--after more ChemCam and Mastcam observations late in the afternoon, APXS will integrate and CheMin will perform a calibration analysis overnight. It was a busy planning day!