Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1141: Recharging batteries

21 October 2015

There was a problem processing the latest data from MSL at the Deep Space Network station that received it, but the data are now available and confirm that the Sol 1140 activities completed successfully.  As expected, the batteries need to be recharged after the SAM methane experiment,… Read More

Sol 1140: Zapping the drill hole wall

20 October 2015

The ChemCam RMI images of the drill hole planned yesterday were successfully acquired and received, and were used today to plan 2 parallel LIBS rasters down the hole.  The additional LIBS raster should be useful in measuring variations in chemistry among individual sand grains and in… Read More

Sol 1139: Another successful drill hole on Mars

19 October 2015

 Over the weekend Curiosity drilled another hole on Mars at the “Greenhorn” target.  Everything went smoothly and we have another beautiful sample to analyze! Today’s plan is focused on transferring the sample to CheMin, followed by CheMin analysis of the drill sample.… Read More

Sols 1136-1138: Drilling at “Greenhorn”

16 October 2015

  Unfortunately the Sol 1135 bundles were not uplinked due to a DSN issue, so the activities that we planned yesterday never made it onboard.  However, that meant that Curiosity spent the day resting and recharging in time for a lot of great science this weekend. Today’s 3-sol… Read More

Sol 1135: Sniffing the Martian air

15 October 2015

The Sol 1134 mini-start hole on “Pilgrim” went well, as seen in the above MAHLI image.  Side note: if that doesn’t look like a hole to you, try rotating the image (the hole is illuminated from the lower left, but the human eye generally prefers to see sunlight coming… Read More

Names Approved for 15 More Features on Ceres

15 October 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 15 features on Ceres, including Niman Rupes, Gerber Catena, and names for 13 craters. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Bradbury

15 October 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Bradbury for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 1134: Mini-start hole at “Pilgrim”

14 October 2015

Curiosity is currently investigating an alteration zone around a fracture, and the plan today is focused on what we call a “mini-start hole.”  Before we do a full drill hole, we do a small test hole to make sure its safe.  The target “Pilgrim” was selected for… Read More

Sol 1133: Dump and “Thwack”

13 October 2015

Sol 1133 activities are dominated by dumping the “Big Sky” sample and “thwacking” CHIMRA (the Collection and Handling for in-Situ Martian Rock Analysis) to clean out any remnants of the sample.  We have to do this in preparation for the next drill sample, which will… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mercury: Kerouac

13 October 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Kerouac for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.