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Sol 72 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MRO is back

Astrogeology News: 18 October 2012

MRO is back--we received over 400 Mbits of data through the orbiter yesterday! The amount of data relayed through MRO will decrease once the orbiter's instruments are operating again (they were…

Sol 69 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Pushing Data

Astrogeology News: 15 October 2012

The command sequences prepared for Sol 68 were not received by MSL due to a problem with a radio transmitter at a Deep Space Network ground station. But enough data were received from earlier sols…

Sol 22 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Late Data

Astrogeology News: 28 August 2012

After a day off, I'm back on shift as SOWG Chair for 3 days. We had a scare this morning when the Sol 21 data we expected to receive through the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) was not received…

Sol 39 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Driving Again

Astrogeology News: 15 September 2012

The drive went as planned, and left MSL next to a nice outcrop During the drive the DAN instrument monitored neutrons coming up from the subsurface and noticed significant variations along the…

Sol 71 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Observation Tray

Astrogeology News: 17 October 2012

The third scoop of soil was successfully acquired, and partly processed by CHIMRA, dumping part of it on the observation tray. So MSL is back on track despite the unavailability of MRO data relay…