Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1283: Driving over Stimson bedrock

15 March 2016

The 26-meter drive planned for sol 1282 completed successfully, giving the rover nice views of interesting features in the Stimson unit.  Some of these features appear to be the result of erosion by windblown sand and are the subject of a Right Mastcam 7x2 mosaic planned for Sol… Read More

Sol 1282: Up on the Plateau

14 March 2016

I'm scheduled on tactical operations tomorrow, so I'm getting back up to speed on recent MSL activities today.  The Sol 1281 drive completed as planned, crossing the Murray/Stimson contact at the edge of the Naukluft plateau.  Now that we have a better view of the plateau, we are… Read More

Sols 1279-1281: Climbing up onto Naukluft Plateau

11 March 2016

It’s time to wrap up our investigation of the interesting nodules at the contact between the Murray and Stimson formations and resume driving! The weekend starts off focused mostly on contact science. On Sol 1279, APXS will analyze two neighboring locations on a group of… Read More

Sol 1278: Nodules: Take 2

10 March 2016

Our APXS observation of the nodules in yesterday’s plan didn’t go exactly as planned: it was slightly misaligned with the nodule we were trying to analyze, so the measurement was mostly of the neighboring bedrock. That meant planning today started with a discussion of whether the… Read More

Sol 1277: Nodules!

9 March 2016

Our drive yesterday was a success, putting us right on the contact between the “Murray” and “Stimson” units, and in reach of some very interesting nodules. The plan today is mostly focused on studying those nodules. ChemCam has an observation of a nodule and neighboring… Read More

Sols 1275-1276: Interesting Veins and Textures

8 March 2016

The weekend drive went well, and put us in a great location for some contact science, right near the contact between the “Murray” and “Stimson” formations, with some interesting veins and textures in the nearby rocks. Given our nice location, we opted not to do any driving… Read More

Sols 1273-1274: Driving up to the Naukluft Plateau

4 March 2016

We are planning only 2 sols today because tactical operations will transition to nominal next week (working all 5 weekdays). On Sol 1273, Mastcam will acquire a multispectral image of the contact between the Murray and Stimson geologic units.  This set of images, taken using all of the… Read More

Sols 1271-1272: Remote Sensing and CheMin Analysis

2 March 2016

Today’s 2-sol plan is focused on targeted remote sensing, imaging to prepare for contact science, and CheMin analysis of the Gobabeb #6 sample.  We’re in a great position on the east side of the Naukluft Plateau, and we’re trying to understand the local stratigraphy and… Read More

Sols 1269-1270: Approaching Naukluft Plateau

1 March 2016

Here is Monday’s blog post (can we blame the delay on leap day?).  Curiosity is currently making her way toward the Naukluft Plateau, and Monday’s plan was full of driving and remote sensing.  On the first sol, Curiosity will acquire ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the… Read More

Names Approved for Features on the Moon: Hildegard, Hildegard K, Poincaré E, and Poincaré F

29 February 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four features on the Moon: Hildegard, Hildegard K, Poincare E, and Poincare F. The name Hildegard K replaced the name Pikel'ner K, when the name Hildegard was approved for the larger crater in which Hildegard K is… Read More