Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 65 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: First-Time Activities

11 October 2012

There was applause again today when the successful completion of the first CHIMRA sieving and processing of soil was announced. While it was expected that it would take months to get through all of these "first-time" activities, this latest achievement reminds me of how complex MSL is. There are still many first-time activities ahead!

I served as ChemCam Payload Element Lead for the first time today, so was a bit nervous about my ability to handle this new responsibility. It ended up being easy, as very few science observations were added to the already full plan, and the ChemCam team was released early.