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Sol 735 -737 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Rapid Traverse Planning

31 August 2014

The volume of data sent from MSL to Earth has been less than usual over the past few days because the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) went into "safe mode," a software state that ensures ample solar power and telecommunications.  This has happened several times before on MRO, and… Read More

Sol 732-734 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Multi-sol planning

28 August 2014

Yesterday we did not receive as much data as expected, so could not drive as originally planned.  Therefore, the Sol 732 plan was dominated by targeted ChemCam and Mastcam observations of "Lippincott," "Hall Canyon," and "Keeler Canyon."  Today we received all the data needed to plan… Read More

Sol 731 Update On Curiosity From MSL Scientist Lauren Edgar: Large Crater Ahead

25 August 2014

Curiosity is back to driving! We are taking the high road around Hidden Valley to avoid potentially deep ripple fields, and making our way towards a large crater. This image from Sol 729 shows the crater just ahead of us. The Sol 731 plan includes a drive to the rim of the crater and some… Read More

Sol 728 -730 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Driving Again

22 August 2014

After much study and discussion, the MSL team decided not to attempt to drill again into the rocks in front of the rover. On Sol 728, ChemCam and Mastcam will observe several nearby targets and the observation tray on the rover. The Sol 729 plan is dominated by the drive, with a single set of… Read More

Sol 727 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Stellar Observations

21 August 2014

While we wait for data acquired on Sol 726 to be received later tonight, the Sol 727 plan includes only remote sensing observations. Mastcam and ChemCam will observe both nearby and distant targets during the day, then will attempt to observe some stars after dusk. The goal of the star imaging… Read More

Sol 726 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Busy Uplink

20 August 2014

We were hoping that the Sol 726 plan would include full drilling of the Bonanza King target, but the downlink from Sol 724 showed that the mini-drill activity did not complete successfully, probably because the rock moved during drilling. Planning is still restricted, so the Sol 725 plan had not… Read More

Sol 725 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Zapping Targets

19 August 2014

We are still looking forward to data from sol 724’s mini-drill experiment, and since we don’t have that yet, we can’t do the full drill in the sol 725 plan. So instead, we are doing a remote sensing day on sol 725, which means lots of Mastcam and ChemCam. ChemCam will be zapping four… Read More

Sol 724 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Mini-Drill Hole

18 August 2014

Everything went well over the weekend, and the drill target seems to be nice and stable, so for the Sol 724 plan, Curiosity will do a “mini-drill” into Bonanza King. This activity is complicated enough that there wasn’t much of a chance to do any science observations other… Read More

Sol 721 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Bonanza King

16 August 2014

We’re gearing up for our fourth drill hole on Mars! For the sol 721 plan, we have a long block of time dedicated thoroughly analyzing the drill target Bonanza King. During this block, we will analyze 25 points on the target with ChemCam in a 5x5 grid, and follow up with Mastcam images of… Read More

Sol 720 Update on Curiosity from MSL Scientist Lauren Edgar: Looking for Clouds

14 August 2014

Today is a restricted sol, so we are planning a number of untargeted observations. Curiosity should have bumped on Sol 719 to put the condensed drilling target Bonanza King in the work volume, and we are waiting for those data to come down. The Sol 720 plan includes a Mastcam and Navcam… Read More