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Sols 853-859: Christmas on Mars

29 December 2014

On December 19th, the MSL tactical team planned 10 sols (!) on Mars, so that everyone could take a nice break over the holidays.  That means that today we are assessing all of those sols of data, and checking out all of the “presents” that Curiosity acquired for us!   At the… Read More

Sol 843-852: Brushing

19 December 2014

The Sol 842 command sequences were successfully received by Curiosity, and all the data needed for planning were returned to Earth, including MAHLI images of the right front wheel. These and other data were thoroughly analyzed, and the slip risk assessment team concluded that it is safe to… Read More

Sol 842: Trying again...

18 December 2014

Unfortunately, the Sol 841 command sequences could not be sent to MSL because of a transmitter problem at the Deep Space Network (DSN) antenna.  This reminded me not to take for granted communications between Earth and Mars, even though such problems are rare.  Bad weather over a DSN… Read More

Sol 841: ChemCam Recovery

17 December 2014

I was happy to see that the Sol 840 MAHLI images we planned on Monday came out nicely.  There was no MSL tactical planning yesterday, because of the offset between Mars time and Pacific time, and planning started at 6 AM PST today.  We were hoping to be able to brush off one of the… Read More

PILOT / UPC Data Release December 2014: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - CTX

15 December 2014

The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER / CTXRelease #31. Mapped Images: 3,852. Unmapped Images: 0. Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.

PILOT / UPC Data Release December 2014: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - Marci

15 December 2014

The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER / Marci Release #31. Mapped Images: 2,228. Unmapped Images: 315. Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.

Sol 840: High Tilt

15 December 2014

The 5-meter drive planned for Sol 837 placed the rover near dubbed "Whale Rock" as intended. Front Hazcam images show blocks that appear to have fallen from the outcrop and in-place bedrock patches; both can be reached by the arm instruments, so the Sol 840 plan includes MAHLI images from 25… Read More

Map of Western Candor Colles Region of Mars released

12 December 2014

Astrogeology scientist Chris Okubo's HiRISE-based geologic map titled Bedrock Geologic and Structural Map Through the Western Candor Colles Region of Mars was publically released today. This new map provides geologic and structural information on layered sedimentary rocks at a scale comparable to… Read More

Sols 835-836: Driving to Whale Rock

10 December 2014

 After a successful investigation of the Chinle outcrop, Curiosity is ready to move on to the Whale Rock outcrop.  Today we are planning two sols, and on the first sol we’ll finish up a few last targeted observations at Chinle.  The plan includes a ChemCam passive observation… Read More

New Name Approved for Crater on Mars

9 December 2014

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