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Sols 1361-1363: Drilling Oudam

3 June 2016

The MSL Rover Planners have all the data they need to drill (no "mini-drill" required), so the plan for this weekend focuses on drilling into the Oudam bedrock target.  The full drill is scheduled for Sol 1361, followed by MAHLI and Mastcam images of the new hole.  The rover will… Read More

Sol 1360: Preparing to drill

2 June 2016

Arm work continues to go well, so preparation for drilling and sample analysis is the focus of the Sol 1360 plan.  First, CheMin will dump the Lubango and Okoruso drill samples out of their cells.  Then ChemCam and Mastcam will observe a bright vein named "Charlottenfelder" and a… Read More

Sol 1359: Cleaning CHIMRA

1 June 2016

The remaining Okoruso drill sample was successfully dumped onto the ground on Sol 1358, so MSL is ready for a new drill sample.  In preparation, the Sol 1359 plan includes an arm preload test on "Oudam," the next drill target, and cleaning out CHIMRA with imaging to verify that everything… Read More

Sol 1358: A Simple Plan

31 May 2016

Our activities over the weekend went well, and after a couple of complicated multi-sol plans we get to do a nice simple one-sol plan today! The Sol 1358 plan starts with ChemCam observations of the targets “Otiiha”, “Otjihase”, “Otjikoto”, and… Read More

Sol 1355-1357: Coordinating with MRO

27 May 2016

Our drive went well and Curiosity is now sitting on a nice patch of the Murray formation, putting us in a good position for a very busy holiday weekend! On Sol 1355, ChemCam has observations of the targets “Auchas”, “Kaisosi”, “Inamagando”, and… Read More

Sols 1353-1354: Clear sailing

26 May 2016

The Sol 1352 post-drive imaging shows that, while there are sandy ripples ahead, there are enough rocky patches that the rover should not have any problem driving toward the southwest.  This is what we were hoping, so we are planning to drive in that direction on Sol 1353.  But… Read More

Sol 1352: Scouting a path

25 May 2016

We'd like to keep driving toward the southwest, but can't see all of the terrain ahead from our current location.  So the Sol 1352 plan includes a short drive to give us a better view.  Before the rover moves, Mastcam will acquire a large stereo mosaic of the "Breckhorn" ridge in… Read More

Sol 1351: Ridge chemistry

24 May 2016

MSL is in a good position for contact science on the small ridge in front of the rover, so the Sol 1351 operations team decided to stay here and acquire chemical data.  First, CheMin will return the results of the latest analysis of the Lubango drill sample while ChemCam observes rock… Read More

Sol 1350: Data processing delay

23 May 2016

I'm SOWG Chair again today, and started browsing the latest data from MSL early this morning.  To my dismay, the post-drive images that we expected to receive in time for planning today were not available!  It turned out that the data were received on Earth, but the Mars Reconnaissance… Read More

Sols 1348-1349: A smoother route

20 May 2016

Our drive on Sol 1346 was successful and brought us to a location with a view of the rugged ridges of the area we’ve been calling “Fracture Town”. In fact, from our current location, we decided that those ridges may be a bit too rough for comfort, so we are planning a slight… Read More