Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 126 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Back to Mars

13 December 2012

I'm back in Flagstaff after a nice vacation with my wife, catching up on what the rovers have been doing while I was away. MSL has been busy driving down into "Yellowknife Bay," pausing at a layered outcrop dubbed Shaler to acquire remote-sensing data. The rover is now on the floor of Yellowknife Bay, looking for a good target for the first drilling operation. A short drive toward a small scarp is planned for Sol 127.