Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1317: Preparing to Drill

19 April 2016

 On Sol 1316, Curiosity drove ~15 m back toward the “Lubango” target, which we first observed on Sol 1310.  “Lubango” is a high silica target that sits along a fracture in the Stimson formation.  The team decided to drill near this fracture to better… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Selevac

19 April 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Selevac for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-24 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 1316: Back to Lobango

18 April 2016

All of the activities planned for last weekend completed successfully, including the full MAHLI wheel imaging and associated rover motion of just over 1 meter.  The science team decided to return to the Lubango outcrop based on ChemCam results that show unusually high silica there. … Read More

Sols 1313-1315: Full MAHLI wheel imaging

15 April 2016

Tactical planning was a bit hectic today as we reacted to yesterday's change in the near-term science goals, but the team quickly determined what is feasible and put together a good plan.  There are no good brushable targets in the arm workspace, so the DRT will not be used.  Rather,… Read More

Sol 1312: The best laid plans…

14 April 2016

The original plan for today included an ~11 m drive to get closure to a fracture in the Stimson formation.  However, during science discussion, the team talked further about how to best sample both altered and unaltered Stimson bedrock, and realized that some of the best places to accomplish… Read More

Sol 1311: Take Me To Fracture Town

13 April 2016

Today I was on duty as KOP again, but we got to sleep in: we started at 7 am instead of 6:30! Curiosity is in good shape and our drive was successful. In the Sol 1311 plan, we have ChemCam observations of the targets “Garnet Koppie”, “Amspoort”, “Soutrivier”,… Read More

Sol 1310: Good morning Mars!

12 April 2016

Well, that was an early morning! I was on duty as the KOP today and we started at 6:30 am, so I was up and looking at new pictures of Mars before sunrise. Normally I would not be happy about getting up so early, but I reminded myself this morning that getting to help run a nuclear-powered… Read More

Sol 1309: Can't Catch a Break

11 April 2016

We just can’t catch a break lately! Curiosity is healthy but unfortunately the plan for the weekend was not transmitted to Mars due to a Deep Space Network outage. That means that the contact science that was planned for the weekend is lost, but the team decided that it was not important… Read More

Sols 1307-1308: Deja vu all over again

8 April 2016

On Sol 1305, the rover straightened its wheels in preparation for a drive, but then the fault that prevented driving earlier this week occurred again, and the vehicle did not move.  The engineers are preparing to send parameter changes that will eliminate mobility actuator sensitivity to… Read More

Sols 1305-1306: Deja vu

6 April 2016

Once again, the Sol 1303 drive stopped during wheel steering, apparently due to another short in the RTG.  While the power and mobility engineers investigate the fault and ways to respond to them, another drive will be attempted on Sol 1305.  The remote science observations made on… Read More