Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1507: What’s lurking in Blackwoods and Witch Hole Pond?

31 October 2016

Happy Halloween from Mars! Over the weekend Curiosity drove 51 m further to the south, and we continue to investigate the Murray formation.  I was the GSTL and KOP today (what a treat!) and we had a busy morning trying to decide whether or not to do contact science or more remote sensing.… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Krupac

28 October 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Krupac for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 1503: Simple Plan

28 October 2016

Everything went well in yesterday’s plan, with our drive taking us 25 meters farther along our “Mt. Sharp Ascent Route.” We started the day with some challenges caused by connectivity issues with team members outside of the US, particularly the ChemCam team. They were able to get… Read More

Sols 1504-1506: A "Wonderland" of Interesting Targets

28 October 2016

It’s Friday, so that means we have another busy weekend plan! Our 37 meter drive yesterday brought us to a very interesting location with lots of targets to choose from in front of the rover. The weekend plan starts off on Sol 1504 with ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the veins… Read More

Sol 1502: Short Drive

26 October 2016

Yesterday’s 46 meter drive went well, and the plan for Sol 1502 is to have another pretty typical remote sensing and driving sol. The Sol 1502 plan starts out with ChemCam observations of the bedrock target “St. Saveur” and an interesting transition between light-toned and… Read More

Sol 1501: Welcome to Bar Harbor

25 October 2016

On Sol 1500 Curiosity drove 30 m to the south, crossing into a quadrangle that we informally named “Bar Harbor,” after Bar Harbor, Maine.  As a reminder, prior to landing we divided up the landing ellipse and nearby areas into square quads (1.5 km on a side), and assigned each quad… Read More

Sol 1500: So long Sebina

24 October 2016

Over the weekend Curiosity completed her investigation of the “Sebina” drill site, and we’re back on the road again.  Before we hit the road we took another MAHLI image of the drill hole, and noticed just how quickly the wind has swept away the fines.  The two images… Read More

Sol 1496: Successful Drill!

21 October 2016

Yesterday’s plan went well and we have a new drill hole on Mars! The plan for Sol 1496 starts with a ChemCam passive observation of the dump pile of material from “Quela”, our previous drill hole. ChemCam also has passive observations of the tailings from the new hole at… Read More

Sols 1497-1499: A Very Busy Weekend

21 October 2016

We’ve got quite a plan in store for the weekend, with every single instrument doing something, multiple arm activities, and a drive. Curiosity’s battery will be run all the way down to 35% which is quite rare, but necessary when there’s a lot to do! Sol 1497 starts off with… Read More

Sol 1495: Full drill

19 October 2016

The thumbnail of the Sol 1494 MAHLI image showed that the Quela dump pile had been moved by the wind again!  The MAHLI team is concerned that windblown sand and dust might damage or contaminate the camera's optics, so they decided to open the MAHLI dust cover only for images taken from 25… Read More