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Sol 503 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Fully Re-engaged

Astrogeology News: 3 January 2014

The MSL tactical operations team is fully re-engaged after the holiday break, planning a bunch of activities to keep the rover busy this weekend. Sol 503 starts with remote sensing observations,…

Sol 168 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Ninth Anniversary

Astrogeology News: 24 January 2013

Today is the 9th anniversary of Opportunity's landing on Mars. Her twin Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, sent her last transmission to Earth in 2010, after over 6 years of successful operation on…

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 51 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Back in Flagstaff

Astrogeology News: 27 September 2012

I haven't been following the MSL mission for the last couple days, traveling back to Flagstaff to give a talk about Mars rovers for the Flagstaff Festival of Science today at Lowell Observatory.…

Sol 10 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Science Kickoff

Astrogeology News: 15 August 2012

After a nice vacation in Flagstaff, I returned to JPL in time for Sol 10 planning. I was scheduled this time as Science Operations Working Group (SOWG) Chair, with responsibility for leading the…