Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 114 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Looking Forward to AGU

30 November 2012

I'm MAHLI/MARDI PUL1 again today, and again no MAHLI or MARDI activities made it into the plan. The focus of the Sol 114 plan is to deliver another sample of the wind ripple to SAM. The last scoop sample was saved in CHIMRA to allow the option of analyzing another sample; we are exercising that option now. This new SAM analysis of the scoop sample is motivated in part by the desire to better understand the results of the previous SAM analysis. The preliminary results will be reported at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco next week. About 20,000 scientists are expected to attend this meeting, so I expect that the MSL session will be well attended.