Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 932-934 What’s Growing in Garden City

20 March 2015

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 the complex… Read More

Sols 930-931: Arm Science

18 March 2015

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 planned to brush a… Read More

Sols 928-929 Checking Out Garden City

16 March 2015

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 from Sol 926. Today’s… Read More

Sols 924-927: Garden City Here We Come!

13 March 2015

Yesterday 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 network issues… Read More

Sol 923: Getting out of Dodge

11 March 2015

The 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 for Mastcam to get an… Read More

Sol 922: Arm in Action

10 March 2015

Good news! We’re allowed to use the arm again! The engineers have done all the diagnostics needed, and so today’s plan was dominated by arm activities for science. In the morning of sol 922, there is a short science block during which ChemCam and Mastcam will analyze the target… Read More

Sol 921: Wrapping Up Diagnostics

9 March 2015

The engineers on the team have been working hard to understand the current fluctuation that caused the arm to halt on Sol 911, and they are expecting to wrap up their diagnostics this week! In the meantime, we on the science team have been keeping ourselves and the rover busy by using the remote… Read More

Sols 918-920: Diagnostic testing

6 March 2015

More diagnostic data are needed to fully understand the cause of the Sol 911 fault, so no arm activities are planned for this weekend.  The Mastcam thermal characterization will be completed early on Sol 918, while it's still cold.  Another test to diagnose the power issue is planned… Read More

Sol 917: Mastcam Thermal Characterization

5 March 2015

I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, but there hasn't been much for me to do because of the restriction on arm activities following last week's fault.  The arm is being used exclusively for diagnostic testing to determine the cause of the fault; test results are being analyzed by the MSL… Read More

Sols 908-913: Drilling Telegraph Peak and Leaving Pahrump

27 February 2015

It’s been a busy week on Mars, as usual! The big activity in the Sol 908 plan was drilling at the target “Telegraph Peak”. After the drilling, on sol 909 ChemCam made measurements of the targets “Tapeats” and “Humbug”, and Mastcam took supporting images of… Read More