The Sol 371 drive set a new MSL distance record for a single sol, 110 meters. The Sol 372 drive will be shorter, but includes the first test of autonomous navigation ("AutoNav") on the "B" computer. After the Sol 200 anomaly, when the rover swapped to the B computer, problems with the terrain… Read More
The Sol 370 drive went well, and the rover stopped near an interesting outcrop. So we're planning as many observations as we can squeeze in before the next drive. Because we can see farther ahead of us than usual, the rover planners are planning to drive 100 meters or more. To allow this longer… Read More
After taking a week off from MSL tactical planning, I was back on shift as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead yesterday, planning Sol 369. We are no longer restricted by the offset between Earth and Mars time, so we can plan drives every sol this week. After each drive, we continue to take MAHLI and MARDI… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Abisme for a crater on Iapetus. For more information, see the map of Iapetus in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
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The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for four features on Mars: Electris Mons, Eridania Mons, Sirenum Mons, and Sirenum Tholus. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
It’s hard to believe, but this experience is almost over. This was really driven home today, as some of the crewmembers started packing their personal belongings. All we have left is one weekend, which will be filled with wrapping up personal research activities, and Monday, which will… Read More
My SOWG Chair shift today was especially busy, as we planned MSL's first "touch and go. The plan is to deploy the arm on Sol 360 for MAHLI and APXS observations of a rock right in front of the rover, then the arm will be stowed for another drive on Sol 361. We are also planning to observe a… Read More
The Sol 356 drive went well, so another drive was planned for Sol 358. We are still "restricted," as the post-drive data will not arrive until 10 PM PDT tonight. So the Sol 359 plan includes only untargeted observations. The plan is therefore pretty simple, which is making for an easy SOWG Chair… Read More
The MESSENGER mission featured two USGS Astrogeology Science Center map experts; computer scientist, Kris Becker and cartographer, Tammy Becker; on their mission web site. The profile includes background information and highlights of the Becker's accomplishments while working as team members on… Read More