Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 324 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Finishing Up at Shaler

3 July 2013

We decided to spend a bit more time investigating the "Shaler" outcrop using the arm instruments and ChemCam before starting the long drive to Aeolis Mons or "Mt. Sharp." The Sol 322 data we have received so far look good, and I was glad to see that the MAHLI calibration data I had requested were successfully acquired. We are planning 2 sols today, to get us through the 4th of July holiday, but planning is "restricted" now so we won't see the results of the drive planned for Sol 324 until Friday anyway. So the tactical planning team gets to take a break for the holiday without significant consequences in terms of science or drive progress.