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Sol 3 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Navcam Panorama

Astrogeology News: 8 August 2012

Another good day on Mars: MSL's remote sensing mast was successfully deployed, and a Navcam panorama acquired. Not all of the images have been sent to Earth yet, but those that have been…

Sol 2 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist, Ken Herkenhoff: Planning Report

Astrogeology News: 7 August 2012

Today I'm working as Science Uplink Representative again, planning Sol 2 activities. We now know exactly where MSL is, thanks to more good work by the MRO HiRISE team: They acquired a new image of…

Sol 43 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Transits

Astrogeology News: 19 September 2012

A couple of transits of Mars' moon across the face of the sun were observed by Mastcam. These are similar to solar eclipses on Earth, but because the Martian moons are so much smaller than Earth's…

Sol 167 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Ready to Drill

Astrogeology News: 23 January 2013

We have arrived at John Klein, the location selected for the first use of the drill! There are multiple potential drill targets in front of the rover, which must be flat as well as scientifically…

Sol 112 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Yellowknife Bay

Astrogeology News: 27 November 2012

We've received much of the data acquired during the Thanksgiving holiday, including the Mastcam panorama of Yellowknife Bay, the near-term drive goal. These images will be used to pick specific…