Astrogeology Science Center

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

Sol 585 - 586 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Back to Nominal Planning

29 March 2014

MSL planning will transition from restricted to nominal next week, so the weekend plan includes only 2 sols, 585 and 586. The first sol is dominated by contact science, mostly MAHLI imaging of areas of the outcrop that have not yet been observed by MAHLI. Targeted remote science is planned on… Read More

Sol 584 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Layers and Landslides

28 March 2014

MSL planning is still restricted, but because the rover has not moved we were able to plan more targeted contact science on Sol 584. After ChemCam and Mastcam observations of a couple nearby rock targets, a big mosaic of the recessive layers in the outcrop in front of us is planned. Then MAHLI… Read More

Sol 583 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: In a Good Position

27 March 2014

The bump toward the outcrop put us in a good position for contact science, so it was a busy day for me as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead. We planned an APXS raster (5 positions) on the cleaner vertical face of the outcrop, with MAHLI imaging of each APXS spot. In addition, ChemCam and Mastcam… Read More

Sol 582 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Still Restricted

26 March 2014

Planning is still restricted, so the Sol 582 plan includes only untargeted observations. The ChemCam calibration images of the sky we planned for Sol 577 were not acquired due to the first arm fault, so we added them to the Sol 582 plan. SAM activities, in preparation for sample analysis at The… Read More