Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 41 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: High Plateau

17 September 2012

Once again the drive went well and we planned another drive on Sol 41. The terrain is relatively featureless in this area, so we are focusing imaging plans on distant targets. We are on a relatively high plateau so the views toward the rim of Gale crater are better than they were from the landing site. The path to Glenelg is mostly (slightly) downhill from here, so the distant views are as good as they will get for a while.

The amount of time we have to plan each sol's activities is a bit shorter than usual these days due to unusually long delays in relaying the data from MSL through the Mars orbiters. So we are not able to plan as many scientific observations, but are still able to drive each sol. ChemCam is working well and returning good data again.