Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 345: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Steady Progress

25 July 2013

We were happy to see that the long drive planned for last weekend went well, but don't expect to drive so far every sol until more software capabilities are checked out and cleared for use. I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, planning single images after each drive that are becoming standard… Read More

Sol 339: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Visual Odometry

19 July 2013

I'm SOWG Chair again, planning three sols to get the rover through the weekend. This typically means a long Friday shift, and today is no exception. The 3-sol plan is complex, with lots of science observations and a 100-meter drive. The use of visual odometry (VO) was approved, so this… Read More

Sol 338: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Juggling Priorities

18 July 2013

I've been SOWG Chair for the last three days of this week, planning drives every sol. We continue to experiment with various types of observations during and after the drive, to see which give us the most information for the time and data volume required. The team has been discussing the… Read More

Sol 336 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: One Kilometer!

16 July 2013

MSL passed one kilometer total drive odometry during the Sol 335 drive! Hopefully the two kilometer mark will be passed much more quickly, as we are halfway through the nominal mission of one Mars year (669 sols). Like yesterday, I'm MAHLI/MARDI payload uplink lead today, planning images that we… Read More

Sol 335 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Limited Visibilty

15 July 2013

The first few drives toward Mt. Sharp have been limited in length because some of the mobility software has not yet been checked out on the B computer. There are separate Hazcam and Navcam stereo pairs connected to each side of the computer, and the B Navcams behave a bit differently than the A… Read More

Update on HI-SEAS from USGS Scientist Oleg Abramov: Thermal Imaging

9 July 2013

One of my research goals at HI-SEAS is to take spherical panoramas of various parts of the hab in thermal infrared (or what one of my friends calls “Predator vision”) at various parts of the day. This would map out the major heat sources and sinks, as well as result in an understanding… Read More

Sol 329 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Twilight Wins

8 July 2013

I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, planning Sol 329, which includes another drive toward Aeolis Mons ("Mt. Sharp"). We are planning MAHLI and MARDI images after the drive, to document the terrain in the new location. On Sol 318, we took MARDI images at various times of day to determine when to… Read More

Sol 326 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Road Trip

5 July 2013

We have started the long traverse to the base of Mt. Sharp (Aeolis Mons), the long-term goal of the mission! It may take a year to get there, depending on how many interesting features we find along the way. The challenge for the science team will be to identify the most important targets along… Read More

Sol 324 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Finishing Up at Shaler

3 July 2013

We decided to spend a bit more time investigating the "Shaler" outcrop using the arm instruments and ChemCam before starting the long drive to Aeolis Mons or "Mt. Sharp." The Sol 322 data we have received so far look good, and I was glad to see that the MAHLI calibration data I had requested were… Read More

Sol 322 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Contacting Shaler

1 July 2013

"Contact science," including APXS and MAHLI close-up observations of a couple of rocks at the "Shaler" outcrop, are being planned for Sols 322 and 323. There are still some concerns about the stability of the rover, so some of these observations may be delayed to Sol 323 to allow more time to… Read More