Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 732-734 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Multi-sol planning

28 August 2014

Yesterday we did not receive as much data as expected, so could not drive as originally planned.  Therefore, the Sol 732 plan was dominated by targeted ChemCam and Mastcam observations of "Lippincott," "Hall Canyon," and "Keeler Canyon."  Today we received all the data needed to plan a nice drive, plus MastCam and ChemCam observations of a target dubbed "Red Pass" on Sol 733.  We are planning 2 sols today to get a head start on the long weekend plan.  On Sol 734, ChemCam will take spectra of the sky during the day, then SAM will sample the atmosphere overnight.  The goal of these observations is to compare the atmospheric chemistry measured by the two instruments. 

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.