Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 587 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Kimberley

31 March 2014

All of the activities planned for the weekend went well, and lots of good data have been received, with more on the way. Planning is no longer restricted now that the local time in Gale Crater and Pacific time are more in synch. So drive progress toward The Kimberley is expected to be more… Read More

Sol 585 - 586 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Back to Nominal Planning

29 March 2014

MSL planning will transition from restricted to nominal next week, so the weekend plan includes only 2 sols, 585 and 586. The first sol is dominated by contact science, mostly MAHLI imaging of areas of the outcrop that have not yet been observed by MAHLI. Targeted remote science is planned on… Read More

Sol 584 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Layers and Landslides

28 March 2014

MSL planning is still restricted, but because the rover has not moved we were able to plan more targeted contact science on Sol 584. After ChemCam and Mastcam observations of a couple nearby rock targets, a big mosaic of the recessive layers in the outcrop in front of us is planned. Then MAHLI… Read More

Sol 583 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: In a Good Position

27 March 2014

The bump toward the outcrop put us in a good position for contact science, so it was a busy day for me as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead. We planned an APXS raster (5 positions) on the cleaner vertical face of the outcrop, with MAHLI imaging of each APXS spot. In addition, ChemCam and Mastcam… Read More

Sol 582 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Still Restricted

26 March 2014

Planning is still restricted, so the Sol 582 plan includes only untargeted observations. The ChemCam calibration images of the sky we planned for Sol 577 were not acquired due to the first arm fault, so we added them to the Sol 582 plan. SAM activities, in preparation for sample analysis at The… Read More

Sol 581 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Fault and New Targets

24 March 2014

The Sol 578 activities were interrupted by another arm "fault" caused by a command error, but this error is well understood, and the rover is healthy and ready to resume arm activities on Sol 581. First, ChemCam and Mastcam will observe new targets on the outcrop in front of the rover, then the… Read More

Sol 578 - 580 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Dedicated to Recovery

24 March 2014

There was a minor problem with the Sol 576 imaging of CHIMRA that prevented the rest of that sol's plan from completing, and concerns about the safety of the remote sensing mast prevented uplink of the Sol 577 commands. So the rover did very little on Sol 577, but the tactical planning team on… Read More

Sol 577 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Look to the Sky for Clarity

21 March 2014

Planning is still restricted, so the Sol 577 plan includes only untargeted science observations. I focused on ChemCam RMI images of the sky for calibration, which made it into the plan as desired. A large Mastcam mosaic of the Kimberley area was also planned, along with more CheMin and SAM… Read More

Sol 576 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: "thwack"

20 March 2014

The Sol 574 post-drive images show nice outcrops in front of the rover, suitable for contact science. This image shows the favored rock face for contact science at upper left. The Sol 576 plan starts with a ChemCam observation of this rock face, plus a Mastcam stereo mosaic of the outcrop. … Read More

Sol 575 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Out of Synch

19 March 2014

MSL and Pasadena times are out of synch, so planning is restricted and Sol 575 is an untargeted science sol while we wait for the data needed to drive again. CheMin, ChemCam and SAM will perform calibration and related activities in preparation for the upcoming analyses at the "Kimberley"… Read More