Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 96 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Arm Complexity

13 November 2012

The plan for Sol 96 was dominated by continued arm activities, with little room for "opportunistic science." So my last shift as SUR (this week) was fairly easy. The plan included dropping another soil sample into the SAM instrument, with Mastcam and MAHLI support imaging. As we stepped through each sequence in detail, I was again impressed by the complexity of the arm, CHIMRA in particular. Fortunately, there is a team of very capable engineers who are focused on operating the arm. Thanks to them, the arm activities have been going well. I'm getting more used to remote operations, but following the details of various discussions is still challenging.