Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 782-784 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Comet Observations

17 October 2014

The experience I gained planning the MARDI drive "video" for Sol 780 helped me prepare for another MARDI video during the Sol 782 drive.  I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again today, and got a good start on the video and post-drive MAHLI/MARDI observation planning.  But concerns were… Read More

Sol 781 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Dumping Sample

16 October 2014

The 22-meter Sol 780 drive completed as planned, placing the rover near "Book Cliffs" (visible at the right side of this image).  Sol 781 planning was interrupted this morning by the "Great Shakeout" earthquake drill, but the tactical team recovered and stayed on schedule the rest of the… Read More

Sol 780 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MARDI video

15 October 2014

We were originally planning to perform some arm tests on Sol 780 to help diagnose the fault that occurred last weekend, but it was decided that they were too risky.  So a drive toward a target dubbed "Book Cliffs" was planned instead.  During the drive, MARDI will acquire images of… Read More

Update for ASU THEMIS Day and Night Mosaics

14 October 2014

ASU has recenty released updates for the THEMIS IR day-time and night-time mosaics. The day-time mosaic is a nice incremental release (from version 11.6 to 12). The night-time mosaic a recommended major release (now at version 14). While the ISIS cube format can be used in GDAL and ArcMap we will… Read More

Sol 779 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Using the arm

14 October 2014

The Sol 778 data show that the arm instruments are safe, and the arm is ready for more activities.  MAHLI will not be used until the recent arm problems are better understood, to ensure that MAHLI's lens does not get dirty if the dust cover is left open again.  However, the APXS can… Read More

Sol 778 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: MAHLI recovery

13 October 2014

Over the weekend, Curiosity was supposed to perform a number of MAHLI activities to image the drill hole and the target Morrison, along with APXS on Morrison, but unfortunately an arm fault occurred during the observation of the drill hole.  This left MAHLI with its cover open. … Read More

Sol 775-777 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Weekend Planning

10 October 2014

The Sol 775 MAHLI activities were planned in advance, so it was an easy day for me as uplink lead--I only had to make minor changes to the plan.  MAHLI will take another image of the drill hole from 25 cm above it, similar to the image acquired on Sol 759, but later in the day when the… Read More

Sol 774 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: APXS raster on Morrison

9 October 2014

I'm scheduled to support MAHLI/MARDI uplink tomorrow, so today I'm getting familiar with recent results and near-term plans after spending a couple days focusing on other projects.  The "Confidence Hills" campaign continues to go well, with a successful dropoff of drill sample to SAM on… Read More

Sol 771 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Arm recovery

6 October 2014

During the nighttime MAHLI imaging on Sol 768, there was a problem with arm positioning that prevented the subsequent arm activities from completing.  The problem is understood, and the arm is in a safe configuration.  So the Sol 771 plan includes arm recovery activities as well as… Read More

Sol 768-770 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Preparing SAM

3 October 2014

The tactical team took a day off Thursday to make the transition from restricted (every other day) to nominal (daily) planning.  That meant that, to complete all of the planning for the weekend in time to send the commands to the rover by the start of Sol 768 (at 7 PM PDT), planning had to… Read More