Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 755-758 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Mini-Drilling Pahrump Hills

22 September 2014

Curiosity has had a busy weekend! We arrived at the location called Pahrump Hills, which has a nice flat expanse of bedrock for us to drill and get our first taste of Mt. Sharp rocks. On Sol 755 we took pictures of the outcrop with MAHLI, brushed it with the Dust Removal Tool (DRT), and… Read More

Sol 753 Update On Curiosity From MSL Scientist Lauren Edgar: A Bright Outcrop

17 September 2014

After a successful 114 m drive through Amargosa Valley on Sol 751, we are planning our arrival at the Pahrump Hills! The scenery is fantastic, and this Navcam image shows the bright outcrop that we intend to investigate. Planning is restricted this week, so today we are planning Sols 753 and… Read More

Sol 751 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Heading for the Hills

16 September 2014

As expected, the Sol 748 drive put the rover in a good location to view the path toward Pahrump Hills. Planning is restricted this week, so Sols 751 and 752 were planned on Monday, and 2 more sols will be planned on Wednesday. This planning cadence has been used for years on the Mars Exploration… Read More

Sol 748-750 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Peeking Over the Ridge

15 September 2014

The Sol 747 post-drive data were not received until 11:30 PDT today, so we are planning another "rapid-traverse" sol. After acquiring 3 Mastcam mosaics on the morning of Sol 748, the rover will drive as far as possible to a low ridge toward the southwest. The view from the ridge crest should… Read More

Sol 747 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Pahrump Hill mosaic

11 September 2014

The Sol 746 drive put the rover in a good location for imaging the terrain ahead, which looks good for a long drive on Sol 747.  The Sol 746 data did not hit the ground until after 11:00 PDT (as expected), so today is another "rapid traverse" planning sol and the time available for science… Read More

Sol 746 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: NASA Teleconference

10 September 2014

The Sol 744 drive went as planned (32 meters), and another drive is planned for Sol 746.  Because we can't see the terrain immediately beyond the small saddle dubbed "Jubilee Pass," the rover will drive about 9 meters into the saddle, then take images of the other side.  But first,… Read More

Sol 745 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Untargeted Science

9 September 2014

We have not received any data from sol 744 yet, so sol 745 is a simple day of untargeted remote sensing. ChemCam has an observation of the sky (with the laser off) to measure the gases in the atmosphere, and a “blind” LIBS observation off to the right of the rover. Mastcam will take a… Read More

Sol 744 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Driving in Amargosa Valley

8 September 2014

The weekend plan was successful: we got good data from the Homewood contact science target, plus a nice long 92.6 meter drive on Sol 743. The plan for Sol 744 is to do routine wheel imaging, plus Mastcam mosaics of a mesa in front of the rover named “Jubilee Pass,” and a mosaic of the… Read More

Sol 741-743 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Busy Weekend

5 September 2014

The weekend plan is very ambitious, with a bunch of targeted remote science observations on Sol 741, contact science on Sol 742, and a long drive on Sol 743.  It has been a busy day for me as SOWG Chair, partly because our favorite contact science target was too difficult to reach with the… Read More

Sol 740 Update On Curiosity From MSL Scientist Lauren Edgar: Approaching Amargosa Valley

4 September 2014

Curiosity is about to ingress into Amargosa Valley.  This Navcam image from Sol 739 shows some of the beautiful layered rocks that we have been driving over and analyzing recently.  The plan today includes ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the targets “Timber Mountain,”… Read More