Sol 277 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Drill, Baby, Drill!17 May 2013
I was MAHLI uplink lead today, planning 3 sols to get us through the weekend. It was a busy day--lots of MAHLI images were planned, both before and after drilling the Cumberland target. A SAM measurement of the atmosphere and SAM "preconditioning" in anticipation of the second drill sample analysis were also plan, so there wasn't much room for other observations. If all goes well, the sample will be analyzed next week.