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Sol 392-396 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Waypoint 1

Astrogeology News: 13 September 2013

The rover is in position to deploy the arm instruments on outcrops at Waypoint 1, so the weekend plan includes lots of APXS and MAHLI observations. So many contact and remote sensing observations…

Sol 301 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Recovery Sequence

Astrogeology News: 10 June 2013

The MSL activities planned for last weekend went well, except for a ChemCam instrument problem on Sol 300. Fortunately, it's not serious and the Sol 301 plan includes ChemCam recovery sequences. If…

Sol 326 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Road Trip

Astrogeology News: 5 July 2013

We have started the long traverse to the base of Mt. Sharp (Aeolis Mons), the long-term goal of the mission! It may take a year to get there, depending on how many interesting features we find…

Sol 359: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Simple Plan

Astrogeology News: 8 August 2013

The Sol 356 drive went well, so another drive was planned for Sol 358. We are still "restricted," as the post-drive data will not arrive until 10 PM PDT tonight. So the Sol 359 plan includes only…

Sol 460 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Stand Down

Astrogeology News: 19 November 2013

I was scheduled as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, but there was nothing to do because all science planning is on hold while the power issue is being investigated. Because planning is restricted…