Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 350 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Multiprocessing

1 August 2013

The latest drive covered over 80 meters, and we are planning another drive on the second sol of the 3-sol weekend plan. In addition, more of the Cumberland drill sample will be dropped into SAM on the first sol, for analysis overnight. This is the first time arm activities and a drive have been… Read More

Sol 349: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Two Rovers

31 July 2013

Curiosity continues to drive at every opportunity, typically 70 meters each. Planning these longer drives leaves less time for science observations, but the trade is worthwhile because more interesting geology lies ahead. Meanwhile, Opportunity (launched over 10 years ago) has paused at a rock… Read More

Sol 346 - 348: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: A Bit Hazy

26 July 2013

The Sol 345 drive went well, totaling 60 meters. We've received some nice (although a bit hazy) images of the traverse goal at the base of Aeolis Mons. We still have a long way to go, but are making good progress. I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again, planning 3 sols to get the rover through the… Read More

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