Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 693 - 695 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: South Park

19 July 2014

There isn't time today to plan 3 sols of activities before commands for Sol 693 must be sent to the rover, so no activities are being planned for Sol 693. The plan for Sols 694 includes MAHLI and APXS observations of South Park, ChemCam of Johnnie and Mastcam images of both targets. Another drive is then planned for Sol 695, followed by the standard post-drive imaging. The target rocks are part of the resistant unit that caps other rock units in this area.

Today was the last day of the International Mars Conference. After summaries of Mars missions that are being planned for launch in the next few years, five Mars experts led discussion of the scientific results reported during the conference and plans for the future. Everyone agreed that this is a very exciting time, with lots of new data to analyze and more being acquired every day!

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.