Sol 803-804 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Shoemaker

7 November 2014

I'm not on shift today, but keeping up with planning because I'm scheduled as SOWG Chair again on Monday.  And of course I'm curious to see how Curiosity is doing!  The arm activities planned for Sols 801 and 802 completed successfully, so this weekend the rover will drive toward the target "Shoemaker," named after the founder of the USGS Branch of Astrogeology, Eugene M. Shoemaker.  But first, the arm will be stowed so that Mastcam can observe the Sol 802 contact science targets, and a full set of MAHLI images of the wheels will be acquired.  Only two sols are being planned this weekend because Mars and Earth time are getting back in sync, completing the transition from restricted to nominal planning.

Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.