Astrogeology Science Center

Names Approved for Features on Mars: Murray, Mambali, Baum, and Degana

6 September 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four craters on Mars: Murray, Mambali, Baum, and Degana. For more information, see the maps for MC-18 and MC-20 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 1454: Approaching the next drill site

6 September 2016

The 4-sol plan over the holiday weekend went well, and Curiosity drove ~40 m to the south.  We’re currently just to the east of a butte that we’re planning to approach as our next potential drill site.  Today’s 1-sol plan is a busy one.  We’ll start with… Read More

Sols 1450-1453: Communication challenges

2 September 2016

Curiosity had a nice ~78 m drive on Sol 1448, which set us up for a lot of great science over the long (4-sol) weekend.  Unfortunately a problem with the Deep Space Network caused an entire Odyssey pass to be lost, so we didn’t receive the workspace images that we would have needed to do… Read More

Sols 1448-1449: No touch, just go

31 August 2016

MSL roved 53 meters on Sol 1446, and ended up in an area with nice exposures of bedrock.  We were interested in taking MAHLI close-up images of the bedrock but were concerned that they would not be very useful if the surface as dusty as it typically is.  We therefore considered using… Read More

Sols 1446-1447: Back on the road

29 August 2016

The MSL activities planned for last weekend went well, and the rover's batteries have enough energy to proceed with another drive on Sol 1446.  We started the day looking at the beautiful new Mastcam images of the nearby buttes, then got down to planning the details of the 2-sol… Read More

Sols 1443-1445: A SAM-filled weekend plan

26 August 2016

The drive planned on Wednesday did not execute due to an unanticipated flight software interaction.  However, the problem is now understood and we will attempt the drive again next week. Today’s three-sol weekend plan is focused on SAM activities and contact science.  On… Read More

Sols 1441-1442: Cruising through the Murray Buttes

24 August 2016

Curiosity is making good progress through the Murray Buttes, and on Sol 1439 we drove another 34 m to the south.  Today’s two-sol plan fits our familiar routine: a pre-drive science block, drive, post-drive imaging for targeting, and an untargeted science block on the second sol. … Read More

Names Approved for Five Tholi on Ceres

23 August 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for five features on Ceres: Aymuray Tholi, Cosecha Tholus, Hosil Tholus, Kwanzaa Tholus, and Mikeli Tholus. For more information, see the Ceres map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 1439-1440: Target names that start with Q

22 August 2016

Our weekend drive halted a little bit early, but everything is looking good and we will continue to drive in today’s plan. We will start off the Sol 1439 plan with ChemCam observations of the layered rock targets “Quibala” and “Quibaxe”. Mastcam will then image… Read More

Sol 1436: Smooth sailing

19 August 2016

We are making good progress with our drives (we’re already approaching our next drill site!) and the road in front of us is looking pretty smooth. As usual we have a busy weekend planned. Sol 1436 starts off with ChemCam and Mastcam of the layered rock targets “Conda” and… Read More