Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 112 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Yellowknife Bay

27 November 2012 We've received much of the data acquired during the Thanksgiving holiday, including the Mastcam panorama of Yellowknife Bay, the near-term drive goal. These images will be used to pick specific targets for drilling. Meanwhile, a short "bump" of about 1 meter was planned on Sol 112, to allow arm contact on the rock under the rover's left front wheel. Planning is still "restricted" for a few sols until Mars and Earth time get back in synch, so we can't plan drive or arm activities every day because we need data showing the position of the rover/arm before planning new rover/arm motions.