Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 918-920: Diagnostic testing

6 March 2015

by Ken Herkenhoff More diagnostic data are needed to fully understand the cause of the Sol 911 fault, so no arm activities are planned for this weekend.  The Mastcam thermal characterization will be completed early on Sol 918, while it's still cold.  Another test to diagnose the… Read More

Sol 917: Mastcam Thermal Characterization

5 March 2015

by Ken Herkenhoff I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, but there hasn't been much for me to do because of the restriction on arm activities following last week's fault.  The arm is being used exclusively for diagnostic testing to determine the cause of the fault; test results are being… Read More

Sols 908-913: Drilling Telegraph Peak and Leaving Pahrump

27 February 2015

by Ryan AndersonIt’s been a busy week on Mars, as usual! The big activity in the Sol 908 plan was drilling at the target “Telegraph Peak”. After the drilling, on sol 909 ChemCam made measurements of the targets “Tapeats” and “Humbug”, and Mastcam took… Read More

Sols 905-907: Testing "Telegraph Peak"

20 February 2015

The latest "bump" placed the rover in a good position for detailed study of the outcrop of interest, as we all hoped.  The plan that will take the rover through the weekend is, in the words of the SOWG Chair Doug Ming, "jam-packed" with science observations.  The MSL tactical team is… Read More

Sols 903-904: A Bumping Day on Mars

18 February 2015

By Lauren Edgar  Curiosity is in search of the next drill target, and the main activity in today’s plan is to “bump” closer to a rock outcrop for contact science.  Curiosity will perform a short drive, which will set us up to use the instruments on… Read More

Sols 899-902: Long weekend, long plan!

13 February 2015

 by Ryan AndersonToday we planned 4 sols to take the rover through President’s day weekend. We humans get a long weekend, but the rover has a lot of work to do! We were supposed to drive about 45 meters in the previous plan, but the data received this morning showed that the rover… Read More

Sols 896-898: In search of the next drill target

11 February 2015

By Lauren Edgar After completing our drilling activities at the Pink Cliffs outcrop, Curiosity is ready to move on to the next location.  But where to drill?  We’re searching for something that is chemically very different from the last drill target (Mojave2).  After much… Read More

Sols 894-895: “You do have the coolest job in the world”

9 February 2015

By Lauren Edgar The planning day kicked off to a great start, with the SOWG Chair (Aileen Yingst) reminding us that we do have the coolest job in the world.  I’m the Geology Theme Lead today, and it certainly feels like an exciting job.  In this plan we’ve managed to use… Read More

Sols 891-893: Sample Transfer to SAM

6 February 2015

By Lauren Edgar  The three sol plan will keep Curiosity very busy this weekend.  The main activities in this plan include dropping off part of the Mojave2 drill sample to the SAM instrument, and some remote sensing activities with Mastcam, ChemCam and Navcam.  The samples that… Read More

Sol 890: CheMin Analysis

5 February 2015

by Ken Herkenhoff MSL's batteries are almost fully charged, so the Sol 890 plan includes another CheMin measurement of the "Mojave2" drill sample.  CheMin and SAM require more power than the other instruments, but we want to better understand the mineral composition of the drill sample… Read More