Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 630 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: End of The Kimberley Campaign

14 May 2014

Apologies for not blogging more frequently--my personal life has become more exciting and I'm going to have to take a break from this blog, at least for the next few months. So this will be my last blog for a while.

MSL is completing the intensive investigation of The Kimberley, having successfully drilled, acquired and dropped samples into CheMin and SAM. MAHLI has taken lots of excellent images of the drill hole, including some during the night with LEDs on, nicely showing the ChemCam LIBS spots. Extra sample material is stored in CHIMRA to allow future analyses if desired. The initial analysis of this new sample by Chemin is ongoing, requiring repeated overnight integration to build up high-quality data.