Astrogeology Science Center

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 that shows interesting textures in close-up images. The Rock Abrasion Tool was used to grind into this rock to provide a fresh surface for APXS (elemental chemistry) measurements.