Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 820-822 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Investigating Alexander Hills

25 November 2014

Curiosity is currently investigating the Alexander Hills outcrop.  This Mastcam mosaic from Sol 817 shows some of the interesting rock textures that we’ll study at this location.  With Thanksgiving coming up, the operations team is putting together several multi-sol plans so that… Read More

Sol 819 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Late planning

24 November 2014

The difficult 35-meter drive planned for Sol 817 went perfectly, placing the rover in position for arm activities on the Alexander Hills outcrop.  We also received good news from ChemCam:  test images acquired on Sol 816 showed that the instrument can still acquire data without using… Read More

Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan

23 November 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary Nomenclature has modified the definition of the descriptor term sinus and approved it for use on Titan. The theme will be "Names of terrestrial bays, coves, fjords or other inlets." For more information, see the list of descriptor terms and Titan themes in the… Read More

Sols 816-818 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Leaving Book Cliffs

21 November 2014

Over the weekend 3-sol plan, Curiosity will wrap up the investigation at Book Cliffs and drive toward Alexander Hills and Carnivore Canyon.   It’s been a great week at Book Cliffs, and Curiosity acquired a lot of exciting data.  We analyzed 3 fresh surfaces at Book Cliffs, at… Read More

Sol 815 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Another busy day at Book Cliffs

20 November 2014

Over the past few sols Curiosity has been investigating the Book Cliffs outcrop at the Pahrump Hills.   On Sol 814, Curiosity brushed off the dust at “Afton Canyon” as seen in this MAHLI image.  Today’s plan is focused on characterizing the upper part of Book… Read More

Sol 814 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: More Contact Science at Book Cliffs

19 November 2014

Curiosity is still investigating the Book Cliffs outcrop on our second pass at the Pahrump Hills.   To learn more about Curiosity’s activities at the Pahrump Hills, check out this recent press release.  I’m on duty as the Geology and Mineralogy Science Theme Lead again… Read More

Sol 813 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Brushing off the dust at Book Cliffs

18 November 2014

After a successful drive on Sol 812, Curiosity is well positioned for contact science at the Book Cliffs outcrop.  We’ve been taking some really interesting MAHLI images lately, including this one from Sol 810 of the target “Potatoe” ).  The plan today is to use the Dust… Read More

Sol 812 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Booking it back to Book Cliffs

17 November 2014

Curiosity continues to investigate the Pahrump Hills.  This is the second time that we are driving up the exposed section, and on this pass we’ve selected several key outcrops to study in more detail.  The full path of our “walkabout” at the Pahrump Hills can be seen… Read More

Sol 809-811 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Contact Science

14 November 2014

With the weekend coming up, we are working on a three sol plan for sols 809-811. The main activity for sol 809 is using Curiosity’s arm to brush off the target “Mojave” followed by supporting images with Mastcam and MAHLI and measurements with APXS. On sol 810, Mastcam has two… Read More

Sol 806-808 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Congratulations Rosetta!

13 November 2014

On Sol 806, we at the USGS were off for Veteran’s Day, but Curiosity was still busy! The sol 806 plan had a pretty simple morning science block with a single Mastcam image of the target “Glendora” along with some Mastcam and Navcam atmospheric observations. After that, we used the… Read More