The MAHLI wheel imaging planned for Sol 1179 completed nominally, and the initial assessment showed no broken grousers. The rover is now poised to begin testing mobility in the dark sand in front of the vehicle, but first a table used onboard to determine when heating is needed must be… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mars: Catota and Dunkassa. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
The 28 m drive on Sol 1174 ran successfully and Curiosity is now parked in front of a beautiful sand sheet and sand dune! Today science and engineering teams cooked up a full 3-sol plan, to account for the second half of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The team started with equal parts… Read More
As many Americans are making plans for Thanksgiving, we’re making sure that Curiosity has plenty to do over the holiday weekend. On Sol 1173, Curiosity drove 45 m to the south, which put us in a great position in front of a small sandsheet and the stoss side of a large… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three mensae on Mars: Coprates Mensa, Ius Mensa, and Melas Mensa. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
Over the weekend, Curiosity drove 51 m closer to the Bagnold Dunes. I’m on duty as the Geology Science Theme Lead, and today we’re planning Sol 1173, which includes a short science block, a drive, post-drive imaging, and some untargeted science in the afternoon. The main… Read More
This week Curiosity has been driving towards the Bagnold Dunes and characterizing the bedrock and sand along the way. After a successful SAM methane experiment and 36.5 m drive on Sol 1168, Curiosity spent Sol 1169 recharging and assessing some of the local bedrock and dunes. The… Read More
The Bagnold Dunes are tantalizingly close, and this week is mostly focused on driving to the dunes. On Sol 1167 Curiosity drove 39 m, and the dunes are starting to look pretty big, as seen in the above Navcam image. For more on our plans when we get to the dunes, check out this… Read More
Unfortunately, our plans for the weekend were thwarted by a problem with the Deep Space Network that prevented the plans from being sent to the rover. As someone on the team pointed out in response to the issue, this just goes to show how many steps in the process have to go just right for us to be… Read More
The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has reprocessed the following data in the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. This was necessary because of a change in the archive path structure.MISSION / INSTRUMENT: Mars Odyssey / THEMIS_IR DATA RELEASES: 1- 53Mapped: 557,016 Unmapped:… Read More