Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 158 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: An Exciting Sol

14 January 2013

I was SOWG Chair for Sol 158 planning, and it was an exciting sol. On Sol 156, there was a minor problem with the arm that caused the team to preclude more arm contact science until the anomaly was better understood. Fortunately, good work in the testbed at JPL yesterday verified that the… Read More

Sol 153 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Advance Planning

10 January 2013

I was MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again for Sol 153 planning, but there were no MAHLI or MARDI observations in the plan, so I focused instead on advance planning for Sol 154. Now that the duration of the daily tactical process has been reduced to 11 hours, part of the science team spends a couple… Read More

USGS Scientist Colin Dundas Quoted in Science Magazine: Gullies on Mars

8 January 2013

USGS Scientist, Colin Dunda, is working to determine what causes gullies on the surface of Mars. He was recently quoted in Science Magazine in reference to his talk given during the December 2012 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Sol 151 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Younger Rocks

7 January 2013

A short "bump" toward slightly younger rocks in front of the rover was planned for Sol 151, and no MAHLI observations were included so I had an easy day as PUL. The contact science activities in the current location went well, including the first brushing of the surface. In order to characterize… Read More

Sol 150 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: A Bit Rusty

5 January 2013

The short drive went well, so lots of "contact science" was planned for Sols 149 and 150. I was MAHLI/MARDI PUL1 for the first time since November for Sol 150 planning, and was a bit rusty. Fortunately, similar MAHLI observations were planned for Sols 149 and 150 (context and high-resolution… Read More

Sol 148 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Instrument Health

4 January 2013

Because MSL planning is "restricted" these days and we planned a drive on Sol 147, we could not accurately point at targets on Mars on Sol 148. So it was a good time to take care of some instrument health and calibration activities that are periodically needed, including heating of the ChemCam… Read More

Pilot / UPC Data Release Cassini - ISS

3 January 2013

The PDS Imaging node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate(UPC) Database and is now available through PILOT.  Cassini - ISS: Volumes coiss_2072 and coiss_2073,  Narrow Angle: 4233 errors and 6343 total files,    Wide Angle: 1206 errors and… Read More

Pilot / UPC Data Release Mars Odyssey - THEMIS

3 January 2013

The PDS Imaging node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate(UPC) Database and is now available through PILOT.  Mars Odyssey - THEMIS: Release 42,  781 errors 11665 total files, Start Times 2012-03-25 to 2012-07-02

Sol 147 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Snake River

2 January 2013

After the holiday hiatus, the MSL operations team sprang back into action to plan Sol 147 activities. The rover has been waiting patiently for more exciting duties, and she will be rewarded with commands to drive toward a sinuous outcrop named "Snake River." The science team studied the data… Read More

Sol 134 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Relatively Idle

25 December 2012

I was Science Uplink Representative (SUR) for the last time for Sol 134 planning. The MSL Project decided to combine the SOWG Chair and SUR jobs starting in the new year, so the SOWG Chairs will be working longer shifts. Sol 134 planning was restricted (data arrived too late to affect planning)… Read More