Astrogeology Science Center

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 confirm that the rover has not slipped. In the meantime, we're planning some MAHLI calibration and test activities on Sol 322, which will not involve placing the camera close to the surface.