Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 503 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Fully Re-engaged

3 January 2014

The MSL tactical operations team is fully re-engaged after the holiday break, planning a bunch of activities to keep the rover busy this weekend. Sol 503 starts with remote sensing observations, followed by MAHLI and APXS measurements of a couple of targets in front of the rover. Sol 504 is dominated by driving, with new MAHLI and Mastcam images of the wheels. Finally, untargeted remote sensing and CheMin data processing are planned for Sol 505.

As was noted during both MER and MSL SOWG meetings today, January 3rd is the 10th anniversary of Spirit's successful landing on Mars. No data have been received from Spirit since March 2010, but Opportunity is still operating!