Astrogeology Science Center

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

Names for Five Colles and One Patera on Titan

19 December 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five colles on Titan (Arwen Colles, Bilbo Colles, Faramir Colles, Handir Colles, and Nimloth Colles). The feature formerly called Sotra Facula has been changed to Sotra Patera. For more information, see this image… Read More

Sol 133 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Good Parking Spot

19 December 2012

I was Geology Science Theme Group Lead today for the first time in several weeks, and it ended up being a busy day. We had to pick the location we want to park the rover during the Christmas/New Year's holiday break, and drive there on Sol 133 so that we get the images taken from the new location… Read More

Sol 130 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: No Uncertainty

17 December 2012

Planning went more smoothly for Sol 130, mostly because there was no uncertainty about the use of the arm. The biggest decision was whether to use the arm to acquire more APXS and MAHLI data on another target before driving away. Once the data from the Sol 129 observations were verified as good… Read More