Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1389-1391: Holiday Weekend, Good Luck Juno!

1 July 2016

Today we put together a three sol plan to take us through the holiday weekend. On Sol 1389 we do contact science with APXS and MAHLI on the target “Outjo”. SAM also will begin an analysis of some of the “Mojave2” sample that was collected a while ago.  Sol 1390 starts… Read More

Sol 1387-1388: Limited Targeting Data

30 June 2016

In the lead up to the long 4th of July weekend, we are planning two sols today and three sols tomorrow. We only had a couple of Navcam images on the ground this morning to help us choose targets, but we still managed to find two targets for ChemCam to analyze on Sol 1387: a rock named… Read More

Sol 1386: Studying Trekkopje, checking the wheels

29 June 2016

 Our drive in the Sol 1385 plan took us 66 meters, continuing our path south between the “Baynes Mountains” and “Helgas Dune". The plan for Sol 1386 starts off with APXS and MAHLI observations of the target “Trekkopje”, followed by a short science block. Mastcam… Read More

Sol 1385: Drive then drive some more

28 June 2016

Not a lot to report today: these one-sol drive plans are pretty simple! (Well, as simple as driving a giant robot on another planet can be…) Yesterday’s drive took us a little over 60m and we’re planning another drive in the sol 1385 plan. Before the drive, we have a short… Read More

Sol 1382-1383: Phobos Transit and Soliday

27 June 2016

Contact science in the Sol 1380-1381 plan went well, so we're back to driving in the weekend plan! Sol 1382 will start with a Mastcam video of Phobos crossing in front of the sun, plus a multispectral observation of the brushed target “Koes”. ChemCam will then analyze the targets… Read More

Sol 1384: Baynes Mountain

27 June 2016

Our weekend soliday plan was successful, putting us about halfway to our next likely drilling location. We are now in “unrestricted” planning again, meaning we will be getting data down overnight and can plan every day this week. The Sol 1384 plan starts with ChemCam of the target… Read More

Sols 1380-1381: Contact Science at “Koes”

22 June 2016

The drive on Sol 1378 went well, and Curiosity drove ~44 m to the south, bringing our total drive distance to more than 13.2 km.  We’re currently making our way through a gap in the Bagnold dunes (part of a dune is visible in the upper left of the drive direction Navcam frame,… Read More

Sol 1378-1379: Making up for lost distance

21 June 2016

Over the weekend, the rover stopped after about 17 meters of the planned 65 meter drive. The rover is fine, the drive just tripped one of the (very conservative) limits on how the rover’s suspension was expected to behave, causing Curiosity to stop and check in with Earth. Since there… Read More

Names Approved and a Name Changed on Ceres

20 June 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Hanami Planum to replace the name Erntedank Planum on Ceres and approved a boundary change for Samhain Catenae. The following new names were also approved: Lociyo, Nepen, Tawals, Baltay Catena, Pongal Catena, Junina Catenae,… Read More

Sols 1375-1377: Another busy weekend

17 June 2016

The Sol 1373 drive completed successfully, moving the rover over 31 meters toward the south.  There's lots of bedrock exposed around the vehicle, but no flat patches large enough to brush in the arm workspace.  So MAHLI will take images of an unbrushed target called "Andara"… Read More