Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 703 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: In a Better Position

28 July 2014

After the 13-meter drive on Sol 702, MSL is in a better position to see the terrain ahead. But the front wheels are perched on rocks, so it is not safe to deploy the arm. Therefore, I didn't have much to do as MAHLI/MARDI PUL1 today, just the normal post-drive imaging. Because the view ahead is better, a longer drive is planned for Sol 703. We planned pre-drive Mastcam and ChemCam observations of targets Andrews Mountain and Cuzcatlan and after the drive, a Mastcam mosaic of the valley in front of us.

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.