Over the weekend, Curiosity completed analyses of the “Marimba” drill sample (our previous drill target), and dumped the post-sieve sample. Today’s plan is focused on MAHLI and APXS of the dump pile, and MAHLI imaging of the CheMin inlet to prepare for drill activities at our… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Uhola Catenae for a feature on Ceres. For more information, see the Ceres map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mars: Nybyen and Flateyri. For more information, see the map for MC-26 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
We had a successful drive yesterday, and Curiosity is now parked at our next drill site, called “Quela”, right at the base of one of the Murray Buttes. The Sol 1456 plan starts with a Mastcam atmospheric observation, followed by ChemCam and Mastcam of “Quela” and a Mastcam… Read More
After another successful drive of ~40 m, Curiosity is aiming to approach the south side of a butte for our next potential drill site. The area is known as “Quela,” and is seen in the above Navcam image as the bright outcrop at the base of the butte. Today’s plan includes a… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four craters on Mars: Murray, Mambali, Baum, and Degana. For more information, see the maps for MC-18 and MC-20 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
The 4-sol plan over the holiday weekend went well, and Curiosity drove ~40 m to the south. We’re currently just to the east of a butte that we’re planning to approach as our next potential drill site. Today’s 1-sol plan is a busy one. We’ll start with… Read More
Curiosity had a nice ~78 m drive on Sol 1448, which set us up for a lot of great science over the long (4-sol) weekend. Unfortunately a problem with the Deep Space Network caused an entire Odyssey pass to be lost, so we didn’t receive the workspace images that we would have needed to do… Read More
MSL roved 53 meters on Sol 1446, and ended up in an area with nice exposures of bedrock. We were interested in taking MAHLI close-up images of the bedrock but were concerned that they would not be very useful if the surface as dusty as it typically is. We therefore considered using… Read More
The MSL activities planned for last weekend went well, and the rover's batteries have enough energy to proceed with another drive on Sol 1446. We started the day looking at the beautiful new Mastcam images of the nearby buttes, then got down to planning the details of the 2-sol… Read More