Astrogeology Science Center

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

Sol 513 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Early Planning

14 January 2014

I'm SOWG Chair again today, planning Sol 513, which will be dominated by a full set of MAHLI images of wheels. The images will be taken between short drives, to turn the wheels a bit and allow the entire surfaces of the wheels to be imaged. This will require a fair amount of power, so the main… Read More

Sol 512 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Kodak

13 January 2014

The weekend activities executed as planned, and the rover is in a good location to start a full campaign of wheel imaging. Originally, a short drive or "bump" was planned for Sol 512 to get the rover in position for wheel imaging. Because this bump was not needed, more time was available for… Read More

Sol 506 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: 10th Anniversary of MER Landings

6 January 2014

The CheMin data processing planned for Sol 505 was deleted from the plan, but SAM made another measurement of the atmosphere that night. The Sol 504 drive went well, and the rover is in a stable position, so a "touch and go" is planned for Sol 506. First, MAHLI images and APXS data will be… Read More

Sol 503 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Fully Re-engaged

3 January 2014

The MSL tactical operations team is fully re-engaged after the holiday break, planning a bunch of activities to keep the rover busy this weekend. Sol 503 starts with remote sensing observations, followed by MAHLI and APXS measurements of a couple of targets in front of the rover. Sol 504 is… Read More

Sol 502 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Back to Full Science Operations

2 January 2014

The MSL rover completed the relatively light set of activities planned for the recent holiday, and is now ready to resume full science operations. The Sol 502 plan includes lots of ChemCam and Mastcam observations, plus some RMI images of the right-side wheels. During the holiday break from… Read More

Sol 489 - 491: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Wheel Imaging Campaign

20 December 2013

The 3-sol weekend plan starts with targeted remote science (ChemCam and Mastcam observations), then completion of the thorough wheel imaging campaign. MAHLI and Mastcam images of the wheels are planned to document wear, and MARDI images of the terrain near the left front wheel will also be… Read More

Sol 488 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Damage Assessment

19 December 2013

The Sol 488 plan includes ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the Cumberland drill sample that was dumped in front of the rover, completing the campaign on the dump pile. Then MAHLI will be used to image the rover's wheels, to more completely assess any damage.

Sol 487 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Dump Pile

18 December 2013

I'm on my way home from the ChemCam team meeting, so again not involved in MSL tactical operations, but saw that the Sol 487 plan includes dumping the last of the Cumberland drill sample and MAHLI imaging of the dump pile. The sample handling system (CHIMRA) will be cleaned out after holding the… Read More

Sol 485 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Upgrade Complete

17 December 2013

Last week's flight software upgrade went well, so the Sol 485 plan includes science activities. Specifically, MAHLI images and an APXS integration of a target in front of the rover are intended to characterize the area where the remaining Cumberland drill sample will be dumped. I'm currently at a… Read More