Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1030: Bumping to Missoula

29 June 2015

  Curiosity is still investigating the contact between the Pahrump and Stimson units.  Over the weekend, Curiosity acquired MAHLI images on a coarse-grained rock named “Big Arm” (above).  The goal today is to characterize some of the veins that occur above and below the… Read More

Sols 1027-1029: Resuming tactical operations

26 June 2015

 Mars has passed through solar conjunction, and reliable communication with the spacecraft at Mars is possible again.  As planning started this morning, we were still waiting for more data to be relayed by the orbiters to confirm that MSL is ready to resume science planning, but… Read More

Name Approved for a Feature on Mars: Dulce Vallis

19 June 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Dulce Vallis for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Change in Name for Feature on Enceladus

15 June 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the change from Samaria Fossa to Samaria Rupes for a feature on Enceladus. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 1003-1004: Last tactical planning before solar conjunction

1 June 2015

Today is the last day of MSL tactical operations until after solar conjunction, so this will probably be the last MSL update for a few weeks.  Ryan Anderson and I are both on shift as payload uplink lead today, but because the instruments we're representing (ChemCam and MAHLI/MARDI,… Read More

Sols 1000-1002: Photometry

29 May 2015

  We're planning 3 sols of MSL activities today, starting with Sol 1000!  As we continue to prepare for solar conjunction, arm motion is allowed in this plan, but no contact science.  The plan starts with ChemCam and Mastcam observations of a platy rock called "Newland" and a… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Pierazzo

28 May 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Pierazzo for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 

Sol 999: Last MAHLI images before conjunction

28 May 2015

Today is the last day we can plan MAHLI activities before the operational stand-down for solar conjunction, to ensure that we have time to confirm that MAHLI's dust cover is safely closed.  So we worked to include as many MAHLI images as possible in the Sol 999 plan, making for a rather hectic… Read More

Names Approved for Two Montes on Mars

27 May 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Mars: Coprates Montes and Nectaris Montes. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 998: Contact Science at Marias Pass

27 May 2015

A short bump on Sol 997 put Curiosity in a great position to investigate a few different rock units in Marias Pass, using the instruments on the rover’s arm.  The 2.5 m drive brings our total odometry to 10,599 m.  With the upcoming solar conjunction (Mars will be on the opposite… Read More