Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 529 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Scuff

30 January 2014

At the end of the Sol 528 drive, the rover "scuffed" the dune with its right front wheel, then backed away and took images of the scuff. These images were used to confirm that the arm instruments can be placed in the scuff, to examine the freshly-exposed material within the dune. So no rover… Read More

Sol 528 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Looking Back at Purgatory Dune

29 January 2014

In order to learn more about the sand dune in Dingo Gap, the rover will be commanded to drive up to it on Sol 528. Mobility tests on terrestrial sand dunes show that MSL can climb dunes, but we don't yet know that the feature in front of MSL is sandy throughout. Opportunity got stuck in… Read More

Sol 527 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Over the Dune?

28 January 2014

MSL drove about 15 meters toward Dingo Gap and returned post-drive images that were used to plan ChemCam RMI and Mastcam images from the new location. The Sol 527 plan also includes another drive toward Dingo Gap and reprocessing of some CheMin data. The post-drive data will be used to determine… Read More

Sol 526 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Dingo Gap

27 January 2014

The weekend activities went well, and lots of post-drive images were received, allowing planning of multiple arm activities on Sol 526. MAHLI and APXS observations of a rock named Reedy are planned, as well as MAHLI images of REMS hardware and the wheels. Then a drive of about 15 meters… Read More

Sol 523 - 525 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Heading for the Chute

25 January 2014

Late yesterday, the strategic drive team decided that it would be best to head west, through the chute, because the terrain beyond appears safer for driving. So the Sol 522 drive (toward the south) was pulled from the plan and the rover stayed put. The plan for the weekend includes targeted… Read More

Sol 522 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Close-up on Wheels

24 January 2014

MAHLI images of the wheels were successfully acquired on Sol 521, followed by an 11-meter drive. We used the images taken after the drive to target ChemCam and Mastcam observations for Sol 522, and planned a MAHLI stowed image before the next drive. The Sol 522 drive distance is expected… Read More

Sol 521 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Benign Terrain

23 January 2014

After confirming that the terrain ahead was suitable for acquiring another full set of wheel images, the Sol 521 plan focused on MAHLI and MARDI images of the wheels separated by 31 cm bumps. These images have been useful in evaluating wheel wear as the rover traverses rocky… Read More

Sol 520 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: No Rest for the Rover

22 January 2014

Another drive was planned on Monday, despite the federal holiday, and it went well. The images taken after that drive were used to plan targeted remote sensing (Mastcam and ChemCam) on rocks dubbedDoran and Togo on Sol 520. Then another drive was planned to get the rover in position… Read More

Sol 515 - 518 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Oscar Contention

17 January 2014

The drive planned for Sol 514 did not complete due to a sequencing error, so the error was corrected and successfully implemented on Sol 515. The post-drive data look good, so targeted remote sensing contact science is planned for Sol 516, including ChemCam, Mastcam, APXS and MAHLI observations of… Read More

Sol 514 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Nearby Rocks

15 January 2014

Today was a busy planning day, as we put a lot of activities into the Sol 514 plan. We used the data acquired after the "bump" on Sol 513 to pick a couple of interesting nearby rocks for thorough ChemCam and Mastcam observations. Then one last set of MAHLI images of the wheels will be taken before… Read More