Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 1463-1465: Trying Again

16 September 2016

After doing the drill diagnostics, the team has decided to try drilling at Quela again over the weekend. Sol 1463 will start with ChemCam of some pebbles called “Omusati” and some veins called “Didimbo”. Mastcam will document both targets, and then do a tau measurement to… Read More

Sol 1462: Drill Troubleshooting and Remote Sensing

16 September 2016

Unfortunately the Sol 1461 drilling activities did not complete as expected, so the Sol 1462 plan was focused on trying to understand the problem while also doing some remote sensing. The plan starts off with Mastcam multispectral observations of the target “Ekunha” on the nearby… Read More

Sol 1461: Time to drill

14 September 2016

It’s always an exciting day on Mars when you prepare to drill another sample – an engineering feat that we’ve become so accustomed to that I sometimes forget how impressive this really is!  Today’s plan just looks like a “typical” drill sol.  First… Read More

Sol 1460: Preparing to drill

13 September 2016

Yesterday was sol 2 of the drill campaign at “Quela” and we did a lot of great remote sensing, contact science and wheel imaging (see the above RMI image showing fine lamination in some pebbles, and the MAHLI image of the wheels to monitor their health).  Today’s plan… Read More

Sol 1459: Characterizing the Marimba dump pile

12 September 2016

Over the weekend, Curiosity completed analyses of the “Marimba” drill sample (our previous drill target), and dumped the post-sieve sample. Today’s plan is focused on MAHLI and APXS of the dump pile, and MAHLI imaging of the CheMin inlet to prepare for drill activities at our… Read More

Sols 1456-1458: Settling in at Quela

9 September 2016

We had a successful drive yesterday, and Curiosity is now parked at our next drill site, called “Quela”, right at the base of one of the Murray Buttes. The Sol 1456 plan starts with a Mastcam atmospheric observation, followed by ChemCam and Mastcam of “Quela” and a Mastcam… Read More

Sol 1455: Driving to Quela

8 September 2016

After another successful drive of ~40 m, Curiosity is aiming to approach the south side of a butte for our next potential drill site.  The area is known as “Quela,” and is seen in the above Navcam image as the bright outcrop at the base of the butte. Today’s plan includes a… Read More

Sol 1454: Approaching the next drill site

6 September 2016

The 4-sol plan over the holiday weekend went well, and Curiosity drove ~40 m to the south.  We’re currently just to the east of a butte that we’re planning to approach as our next potential drill site.  Today’s 1-sol plan is a busy one.  We’ll start with… Read More

Sols 1450-1453: Communication challenges

2 September 2016

Curiosity had a nice ~78 m drive on Sol 1448, which set us up for a lot of great science over the long (4-sol) weekend.  Unfortunately a problem with the Deep Space Network caused an entire Odyssey pass to be lost, so we didn’t receive the workspace images that we would have needed to do… Read More

Sols 1448-1449: No touch, just go

31 August 2016

MSL roved 53 meters on Sol 1446, and ended up in an area with nice exposures of bedrock.  We were interested in taking MAHLI close-up images of the bedrock but were concerned that they would not be very useful if the surface as dusty as it typically is.  We therefore considered using… Read More