Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 678 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Maneuvering

3 July 2014

The Sol 677 drive was stopped after almost 20 meters (out of 57 m planned) by the autonomous navigation software, when it detected an obstacle more than 20 cm high. But the rover is healthy and acquired the post-drive data as planned, including Navcam images showing the rover tracks into the ripples where it got stuck, then backed out and around them. The Sol 677 post-drive data did not arrive until almost 14:00 Pacific time, so Sol 678 is being planned on the rapid-traverse timeline. Before the drive, Mastcam images of targets Tin Mountain, Ryan, and Argenta will be acquired.

Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.