Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 942-943 Cap Rock “Kanosh”

30 March 2015

By Lauren Edgar Over the weekend, Curiosity drove further into Artist’s Drive to investigate a rock named “Kanosh.”  This boulder appears to represent the “capping unit,” so we’re planning to study Kanosh in more detail to understand this resistant type… Read More

Sols 939-941: Leaving Garden City

27 March 2015

  by Ken Herkenhoff Ryan and I are working ChemCam tactical operations again today, planning 3 sols to get MSL through the upcoming weekend.  We therefore focused on planning Sol 939 ChemCam observations of "Live Oak Canyon," "Idyllwild," and "Blanco Mountain."  Mastcam… Read More

Sols 937-938: Veinfest

25 March 2015

  by Ken Herkenhoff Interest in the dark and bright veins continues to be high, so the Sol 937 plan is dominated by observations of these features.  But first, ChemCam and Mastcam will observe the unsieved Telegraph Peak drill sample dump pile.  Ryan is ChemCam science uplink… Read More

A Mars Marathon!

24 March 2015

By Lauren Edgar With the drive on Sol 3968, Opportunity has traveled more than a marathon’s distance on the surface of Mars!  This is the first time that any spacecraft has exceeded the 42.195 kilometers of a marathon on the surface of another world.  It has taken more than 11… Read More

Sols 935-936 More Contact Science at Garden City

23 March 2015

By Lauren Edgar Last Friday we planned some additional contact science at “Garden City.”  Unfortunately, an error resulted in the loss of contact science during Sols 931-933.  A change needed in commanding is understood, and the rover is healthy and has not moved, so… Read More

Sols 932-934 What’s Growing in Garden City

20 March 2015

By Lauren Edgar While many of us in the northern hemisphere are celebrating the first day of spring, Curiosity is busy tending to her “Garden City.” Sadly there are no flowers in sight, but the outcrop contains some beautiful veins.  This MAHLI image from Sol 930 shows some of… Read More

Sols 930-931: Arm Science

18 March 2015

by Ken Herkenhoff The MAHLI team was well prepared for contact science today, but had to scramble to react to news early this morning that the right front wheel is perched on a small rock and therefore is not in a safe position for arm contact with the surface.  We had originally… Read More

Sols 928-929 Checking Out Garden City

16 March 2015

 By Lauren Edgar  Over the weekend, Curiosity bumped closer to the target “Garden City” located in “Artist’s Drive.”  “Garden City” is an intriguing target because it contains a lot of really big veins, captured here in this Mastcam image… Read More

Sols 924-927: Garden City Here We Come!

13 March 2015

by Ryan AndersonYesterday was a challenging day on Mars and Earth. On Mars, the rover stopped its drive early because it detected that its wheels were slipping in the sand, so we weren’t where we expected to be and we had to adjust our observations accordingly. At the same time on Earth, some… Read More

Sol 923: Getting out of Dodge

11 March 2015

by Ryan AndersonThe plan for today, as our SOWG (Science Operations Working Group) chair put it, is to “get out of Dodge”! We will be driving to a location where we can do “full MAHLI wheel imaging” in the coming sols. During the drive, the rover will stop long enough… Read More