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Sol 1 update on MSL from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Tactical Operations

Astrogeology News: 6 August 2012

I'm working second shift today; my tactical operations role is Science Uplink Representative. As the title implies, my responsibility is to represent the science team during the uplink…

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 126 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Back to Mars

Astrogeology News: 13 December 2012

I'm back in Flagstaff after a nice vacation with my wife, catching up on what the rovers have been doing while I was away. MSL has been busy driving down into "Yellowknife Bay," pausing at a…

Sol 355: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Ripple

Astrogeology News: 5 August 2013

MSL landed on Mars one Earth year ago tonight, so there were cheers and applause during the SOWG meeting today. There are some nice products on the MSL web page celebrating the first of (hopefully)…

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…