Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 404 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Back on the Road

24 September 2013

The campaign at Waypoint 1 is complete, and MSL is back on the road toward Aeolis Mons ("Mt. Sharp"). Lots of observations were made at Waypoint 1, and are being analyzed as the data are returned to Earth. I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again today, planning the usual end-of-drive MAHLI and MARDI images. It's a much less hectic planning day than last week, as many of the observations taken on drive sols have become standardized. The emphasis continues to be on maximizing drive distance, so there isn't much time available for science observations.