Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 373: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: AutoNav

23 August 2013

The autonomous navigation checkout, part of the Sol 372 drive, went perfectly! So "AutoNav" can be used for up to 90 minutes next time. If the software continues to work well, it will be used to drive into areas that cannot be seen from the rover (over hills, for example). The weekend plan includes lots of activities, including MAHLI and APXS observations of targets right in front of the rover on Sol 373, another long drive on Sol 374, and untargeted remote sensing on Sol 375. ChemCam RMI images of the sky, to check the "flat field" calibration of the camera, are also included.