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Sol 20 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: ChemCam Rasters

Astrogeology News: 26 August 2012

Today we received data from the first ChemCam “rasters,” in this case 5 laser shots in a row on 3 different targets. We were glad to see this capability demonstrated on Mars, because we…

Sol 47 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Out of Focus!

Astrogeology News: 23 September 2012

"Mars time" is getting closer to PDT, with first shift starting around 6 AM today. Lots of good news and applause today: The Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) received its first data from a…

Sol 87 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Self Portrait

Astrogeology News: 2 November 2012

The MAHLI "self portrait" of the rover that we planned on Sol 84 came out beautifully. Several other updates on the MSL mission are related to the news conference this morning, which included…

Sol 229 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Superior Conjunction

Astrogeology News: 1 April 2013

I'm not scheduled in any tactical operations roles this week, but have been calling into planning meetings for both MSL (Curiosity) and MER (Opportunity). The rovers and other Mars spacecraft are…

Sol 506 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: 10th Anniversary of MER Landings

Astrogeology News: 6 January 2014

The CheMin data processing planned for Sol 505 was deleted from the plan, but SAM made another measurement of the atmosphere that night. The Sol 504 drive went well, and the rover is in a stable…