Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 803-804 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Shoemaker

7 November 2014

I'm not on shift today, but keeping up with planning because I'm scheduled as SOWG Chair again on Monday.  And of course I'm curious to see how Curiosity is doing!  The arm activities planned for Sols 801 and 802 completed successfully, so this weekend the rover will drive toward… Read More

Sol 801-802 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Investigating the Scuff

5 November 2014

The short drive and wheel scuffing activities planned for Sol 799 all completed as planned, leaving the rover in position for detailed examination of the scuff.  Planning is still restricted, so we are planning 2 sols again today.  On Sol 801, Mastcam and ChemCam will observe the… Read More

Sol 799-800 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Walkabout Completed

3 November 2014

The initial reconnaissance of the Pahrump Hills outcrop is complete, and the 53-meter Sol 797 drive successfully placed the rover near the ripples of interest.  So the Sol 799 plan includes a short drive into the ripples and "scuffing" of a 15-cm high ripple to examine its interior. … Read More

Sol 796-798 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Whale Rock

31 October 2014

The 30-meter drive planned for Sol 794 completed perfectly, placing the rover near laminated blocks shed from the Whale Rock outcrop (visible at upper right in this image).  So ChemCam and Mastcam will observe some of these blocks and the outcrop on Sol 796, before the rover drives away… Read More

Sol 794-795 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Beautiful Layers

29 October 2014

The 15.8 meter drive on Sol 792 was successful, bringing Curiosity right up to the Chinle outcrop, which has some beautiful layering. In the Sol 794 plan, we have ChemCam observations of four targets on the outcrop: “Cima,” “Sespe,” “Aguereberry Point,” and… Read More

Sol 792-793 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson

27 October 2014

I’ve been swamped with work for other projects recently, but those are behind me now, and I’m excited to get caught up on what Curiosity has been doing! The plan for Sol 792 has a nice big science block that we plan to fill with lots of targeted observations by ChemCam and Mastcam.… Read More

Sols 789-791 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Approaching Alexander Hills

24 October 2014

It was another fun day of operations as we planned Curiosity’s continued investigation of the Pahrump Hills.  Ken Herkenhoff was the SOWG Chair and I was the Geology STL.  The drive on Sol 787 placed Curiosity approximately 18 m from the Gilbert Peak outcrop, and 8 m from what is… Read More

Sols 787-788 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Drive to Gilbert Peak

22 October 2014

It was a busy day of rover operations here at the USGS.  Ken Herkenhoff was the Science Operations Working Group (SOWG) Chair and I was the Geology Science Theme Lead (STL).  Today we planned two sols and the goal was to characterize the Book Cliffs outcrop and drive toward the… Read More

Sols 785-786 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Comet Siding Spring

20 October 2014

Sols 785-786 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Comet Siding SpringOver the weekend, a number of Mars spacecraft observed a rare encounter with comet Siding Spring.  Curiosity successfully observed the comet with Mastcam, Navcam and ChemCam RMI.  Today we’re… Read More

Sol 782-784 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Comet Observations

17 October 2014

The experience I gained planning the MARDI drive "video" for Sol 780 helped me prepare for another MARDI video during the Sol 782 drive.  I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again today, and got a good start on the video and post-drive MAHLI/MARDI observation planning.  But concerns were… Read More