Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 598 - 600 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Preconditioning

12 April 2014

It was a busy day for the tactical uplink team, planning 3 sols to get MSL through the weekend. I was MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead, and focused on MAHLI imaging of the ChemCam window to determine how much dust is on it. We've taken such an image before when the window was in shadow, and wanted to try… Read More

Sol 597 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Runout Sequence

11 April 2014

Unfortunately, the set of commands sent to the rover for Sol 596 were not received, so the rover correctly responded by executing the runout sequence that is appended to every day's command bundle. After confirming that the rover is healthy, the tactical team sent an only slightly modified… Read More

Sol 596 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Approaching an Outcrop

10 April 2014

The surface near the rover isn't very interesting, so planning for Sol 596 focused on driving toward the outcrops up to 50 meters away. During the drive, the rover will stop and acquire DAN, Hazcam and MARDI data on the striated unit before moving on. So it was an only slightly busier day for me… Read More

Sol 595 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: In Opposition

8 April 2014

Mars is at opposition today, so Mars will rise at sunset and be visible all night here on Earth. On Mars, Earth is not visible because it is too close to the Sun. The MSL Sol 595 plan is dominated by a drive along the edge of The Kimberley outcrop with Mastcam and Navcam stereo imaging at 4… Read More

Sol 594 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Staying Put

7 April 2014

The rover will stay put on Sol 594 and acquire lots of ChemCam and Mastcam data on interesting nearby rocks. I'm not scheduled in a tactical operations role today, but I'm following along because I'll be MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead tomorrow.

Sol 591 - 593 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Data Campaign

5 April 2014

Planning for the weekend focused on investigating the troughs in front of the rover with ChemCam, Mastcam and MAHLI, then driving about 12 meters along the edge of the Kimberley outcrop and taking mid-drive measurements of subsurface hydrogen (water ice) content with DAN and imaging the outcrop… Read More

Sol 590 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Arrival at The Kimberley

4 April 2014

MSL has arrived at The Kimberley waypoint! The Sol 590 plan was dominated by Mastcam stereo observations of the extensive outcrop in front of the rover. Overnight, SAM will perform a cleaning activity in preparation for new sample analysis. The Mastcam mosaics should be useful in evaluating… Read More

Sol 589 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Soil Observations

2 April 2014

Another successful drive on Sol 588, so another drive is planned for Sol 589 after Mastcam and ChemCam observations of a soil target named Chirup. If the ~30-meter drive goes well, we should be in position to acquire lots of images of The Kimberley, the waypoint selected for thorough analysis… Read More

Sol 588 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Path Ahead

1 April 2014

The rover drove about 22 meters on Sol 587, to a location with a better view of the path ahead. So a longer drive (about 45 m) is planned for Sol 588, around the rocky outcrop and then south. But first, a large stereo Mastcam mosaic of the outcrop will be acquired, plus smaller mosaics of… Read More

Sol 587 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Kimberley

31 March 2014

All of the activities planned for the weekend went well, and lots of good data have been received, with more on the way. Planning is no longer restricted now that the local time in Gale Crater and Pacific time are more in synch. So drive progress toward The Kimberley is expected to be more… Read More