Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 134 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Relatively Idle

25 December 2012

I was Science Uplink Representative (SUR) for the last time for Sol 134 planning. The MSL Project decided to combine the SOWG Chair and SUR jobs starting in the new year, so the SOWG Chairs will be working longer shifts. Sol 134 planning was restricted (data arrived too late to affect planning) so we focused on ChemCam calibration observations. Therefore, it was not a complicated planning day and I recognized that combining the SOWG Chair and SUR jobs would not be difficult. Sol 135 was the last one planned tactically before the holiday break. While I'm disappointed that MSL will be relatively idle during the break, I and the rest of the operations team are ready for a vacation.