Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 973-975: Albert, Bigfork, and Charity

1 May 2015

  MSL is in a good position for contact science observations on an interesting outcrop of sedimentary rock, so the rover will be busy this weekend!  We had to change the timing of the arm activities a bit to optimize the illumination of MAHLI targets, so it was a busy morning for me… Read More

Sols 971-972: Approaching outcrop

29 April 2015

  This morning the MSL science team used all of the available data to decide whether to approach one of the nearby outcrops or drive away.  Ultimately we decided to approach the closer of the large outcrops in front of the rover to set up for contact science this weekend. … Read More

Sol 969-970: Studying Mt. Shields

27 April 2015

Our drive on sol 967 covered almost 90 meters, putting us in front of some interesting stratigraphy at "Mt. Shields", an outcrop along our drive down "Logan's Run". In the sol 969-970 plan, we have lots of Mastcam and ChemCam studying the outcrop. On sol 969, Mastcam has a 24x2 stereo mosaic and a… Read More

Sols 966-968: More Driving

24 April 2015

  The rover drove 32 meters on Sol 964, to a position that gave us a good view of the terrain ahead and outcrops of interest.  So a longer (~90 m) drive is planned for Sol 967 after ChemCam and Mastcam observe nearby targets dubbed "Pablo" and "Pauline" on Sol 966.  Mastcam,… Read More

Sols 964-965: Logan’s Run? Or just a short dash…

22 April 2015

Although we had planned a drive of up to 48 m towards “Logan’s Run” on Sol 963, the drive ended early after only 17 m due to the detection of a nearby hazard (a large rock).   This was the first time in a while that we were using autonav for driving.  The good news… Read More

Sol 963: Making a run for it

21 April 2015

After cruising through Artist’s Drive, Curiosity set her sights on the next pass, known as “Logan Pass.” However, the science team realized that there’s an interesting outcrop to west of “Logan Pass,” which may help us to understand how these rocks relate to… Read More

Sol 962: MAHLI wheel imaging

20 April 2015

  The Sol 960 drive went as planned, for a total of over 102 meters!  The rover has driven far enough since the last full set of MAHLI images were acquired that it's time to take another full set to look for more wheel wear.  So my focus today as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead was on… Read More

Sol 959-961: Daughter of the Sun

17 April 2015

The short drive on sol 958 was a success, placing us at the top of a small ridge, facing an outcrop dubbed “Daughter of the Sun”. The plan for sol 959 is to do some ChemCam and Mastcam of targets “Gold” and “Espinoza”, followed by several Mastcam mosaics. The… Read More

Sol 958: Officially 10k!

16 April 2015

The Sol 957 drive went well, and the rover has officially driven 10 kilometers! (Last week I announced that we had reached 10k, but that was 10k measured by how many times the wheels have spun, not how far across the surface of Mars the rover has gone. Now, no matter how you measure it, we’ve… Read More

Sol 957: Limited Downlink

15 April 2015

MSL drove about 65 meters on Sol 956, then took some nice images of the path ahead.  As we continue to drive each sol, acquiring images of the terrain around us is important to the science team.  We don't want to miss anything!  So the Sol 957 plan includes ChemCam RMI and… Read More