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Sol 29 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Check-in with Opportunity

Astrogeology News: 7 September 2012

I was planning to stay on "Mars time" while in Flagstaff this week, but it would have meant less time with my family, so I haven't been sleeping very late. This has allowed me to call in to Mars…

Sol 276 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Roving Records

Astrogeology News: 16 May 2013

Because the critical data from yesterday's plan won't be received until around noon Pacific time, MSL tactical planning starts later than usual today. Even though the MSL project made the…

Sol 349: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Two Rovers

Astrogeology News: 31 July 2013

Curiosity continues to drive at every opportunity, typically 70 meters each. Planning these longer drives leaves less time for science observations, but the trade is worthwhile because more…

Sol 44 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Everything is Jake

Astrogeology News: 20 September 2012

Once again, the rover planners (drivers) displayed their ability to position MSL accurately, leaving the rover right where we wanted. It looks like the rock named "Jake Matijevic" will suffice for…

Sol 13 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: All-Star Crew

Astrogeology News: 19 August 2012

I served as SOWG Chair again today, planning Sol 13 activities for MSL. The tactical planning team is getting better at getting everything done in time to send commands to the rover, so we were able…