Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 115 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Organics?

4 December 2012

Again, there were no MAHLI or MARDI activities planned during my last sol (for a while) as PUL. But lots of ChemCam and Mastcam observations of local rock targets were planned, along with SAM's 4th analysis of soil. The previous measurements of the soil show evidence for a variety of compounds, perhaps including organics. But the organics may have been brought from Earth, so further analyses are needed to confirm this.

I will be on vacation for a week, but will try to keep track of what MSL is up to.