Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1201-1202: Arm Diagnostics

22 December 2015

Based on the latest images from Navcam, Hazcam, and Mastcam it looks like at least some of the “Greenhorn” sample was dumped before the arm ran into difficulties.The plan for sol 1201 has a lot of diagnostics to help our engineers to better understand what happened with the arm. It is… Read More

Sol 1200-1201: The Best Laid Plans

21 December 2015

Unfortunately, over the weekend there was an issue with the rover’s arm while the “Greenhorn” sample was being dumped, which caused the rover to stop what it was doing. Because the arm ended up in an unexpected position, it prevented the APXS and MAHLI observations from occurring… Read More

Sols 1198-1199: Dune imaging and dumping the “Greenhorn” sample

18 December 2015

On Sol 1196 Curiosity drove an additional 33 m closer to the lee side of “Namib Dune.”  The Mastcam images that we took earlier this week are coming down now, and they reveal a lot of great details about the dune morphology. Although today is a weekend plan, we’re only… Read More

Sols 1196-1197: Aeolian paradise

16 December 2015

 On Sol 1194 Curiosity drove 47 m around the lee side of “Namib Dune.”  The latest Navcam images reveal many beautiful aeolian features on the slipface and interdune deposits. In today’s 2-sol plan, we’ll continue driving around “Namib Dune.”  On… Read More

Names Approved for Ten More Features on Ceres

16 December 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for ten features on Ceres, including one mons, two tholi, and seven craters. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 1194-1195: Driving around “Namib Dune”

14 December 2015

Over the weekend Curiosity drove 42 m closer to “Namib Dune, and the view is pretty spectacular.  We’ve received a lot of beautiful Mastcam and Navcam images, which can be found here. In today’s 2-sol plan, we’ll continue driving around the “Namib Dune” to… Read More

Sols 1191-1193: On the road again

11 December 2015

We received the data needed to plan contact science and a drive, and the 3-sol weekend plan is another full one.  I was busy as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead, planning observations of a couple targets on an outcrop right in front of the rover.  On Sol 1191, MAHLI will acquire full suites… Read More

Sols 1189-1190: Drive precluded

9 December 2015

Because of a problem with one of the DSN station antennas, the data needed to plan a drive today were not received, so the Sol 1189-90 plan is dominated by remote sensing observations.  Neither driving nor arm activities are possible until the necessary images are retransmitted.  On Sol… Read More

Sols 1187-1188: Analyzing bedrock and sand

7 December 2015

After successfully completing a mobility test last week (as seen by our wheel tracks through this sand patch), Curiosity drove ~35 m toward a dune that is now named “Namib.”  We’ve accomplished a lot of reconnaissance imaging of the dunes, and we’re looking ahead to… Read More

Sols 1184-1187: Busy weekend at High Dune

4 December 2015

The rover has arrived at the edge of “High Dune” and we have a very busy weekend plan studying the dune and then continuing to drive. On sol 1184 we will continue testing the AEGIS software that allows the rover to fine-tune its targeting for ChemCam. After that, ChemCam will analyze… Read More