Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1399: On the road again

12 July 2016

We’re back in our familiar drive pattern, with a short science block followed by a drive.  In today’s pre-drive science block, ChemCam and Mastcam will be used to study the target “Arandis” to document the chemistry of the local bedrock.  Then we’ll acquire… Read More

Sol 1398: Back in action

11 July 2016

After standing down from science operations for a few sols to resolve the safe mode anomaly, it’s great to be on the move again today.  The Sol 1398 plan begins with a short science block, which includes ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the target “Luanda” to assess the… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Ganymede: Gushkin

11 July 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Gushkin for a small crater on Ganymede. For more information, see the map for Ganymede in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Curiosity Update: Safe Mode

6 July 2016

The activities planned for Sols 1387 and 1388 completed successfully, and lots of good data were returned including a stunning Right Mastcam panorama of the "Murray Buttes" toward the southwest.  One of the images in this panorama shows a boulder that appears to be precariously balanced. … Read More

Sol 1389-1391: Holiday Weekend, Good Luck Juno!

1 July 2016

Today we put together a three sol plan to take us through the holiday weekend. On Sol 1389 we do contact science with APXS and MAHLI on the target “Outjo”. SAM also will begin an analysis of some of the “Mojave2” sample that was collected a while ago.  Sol 1390 starts… Read More

Sol 1387-1388: Limited Targeting Data

30 June 2016

In the lead up to the long 4th of July weekend, we are planning two sols today and three sols tomorrow. We only had a couple of Navcam images on the ground this morning to help us choose targets, but we still managed to find two targets for ChemCam to analyze on Sol 1387: a rock named… Read More

Sol 1386: Studying Trekkopje, checking the wheels

29 June 2016

 Our drive in the Sol 1385 plan took us 66 meters, continuing our path south between the “Baynes Mountains” and “Helgas Dune". The plan for Sol 1386 starts off with APXS and MAHLI observations of the target “Trekkopje”, followed by a short science block. Mastcam… Read More

Sol 1385: Drive then drive some more

28 June 2016

Not a lot to report today: these one-sol drive plans are pretty simple! (Well, as simple as driving a giant robot on another planet can be…) Yesterday’s drive took us a little over 60m and we’re planning another drive in the sol 1385 plan. Before the drive, we have a short… Read More

Sol 1384: Baynes Mountain

27 June 2016

Our weekend soliday plan was successful, putting us about halfway to our next likely drilling location. We are now in “unrestricted” planning again, meaning we will be getting data down overnight and can plan every day this week. The Sol 1384 plan starts with ChemCam of the target… Read More

Sol 1382-1383: Phobos Transit and Soliday

27 June 2016

Contact science in the Sol 1380-1381 plan went well, so we're back to driving in the weekend plan! Sol 1382 will start with a Mastcam video of Phobos crossing in front of the sun, plus a multispectral observation of the brushed target “Koes”. ChemCam will then analyze the targets… Read More