Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1570: Finishing up at Old Soaker

4 January 2017

The focus of the Sol 1570 plan is to finish our work at Old Soaker.  The APXS will be retracted and the arm moved out of the way for ChemCam and Right Mastcam observations of Huguenot Head and ChemCam measurements of a dark grey patch called "Valley Cove" and another observation of Deep… Read More

Sol 1569: Back to daily planning

3 January 2017

The MSL operations team is back at work after the holiday break, planning Sol 1569.  The activities planned for the holidays executed well, so we are proceeding with the investigation of the ridge/fracture patterns at Old Soaker.  First, ChemCam and Mastcam will observe the ridges… Read More

Sols 1566-1568: Preparing for the holidays

21 December 2016

Today was our last tactical planning day before the team takes a break over the holidays.  But that doesn’t mean that Curiosity will be resting!  A group of science team members and operations staff assembled an 8-sol plan that will execute over December 22-30, focused on… Read More

Sols 1555-1557: Lots of Targets!

19 December 2016

Our short drive over the weekend went well, and we are now at a new location with plenty of science targets to choose from. It’s been quite a while since we had a plan with this many new target names! The Sol 1555 plan starts off with a remote sensing science block. Navcam and Mastcam both… Read More

Sols 1552-1554: Diagnostics, science, and a drive

16 December 2016

The engineering team is still hard at work diagnosing our drill issues, but in the meantime we are still getting good science done. The Sol 1552 plan starts off with ChemCam observations of the targets “Hall Quarry” and “Long Porcupine”. Mastcam will document those targets… Read More

Sols 1550-1551: More drill testing

14 December 2016

Use of the arm and driving remain off limits while the drill continues to be diagnosed.  The 2-sol plan starts with ChemCam and Right Mastcam observations of bright vein targets dubbed "Bear Brook" and "Canon Brook."  MARDI will take images during both morning and evening… Read More

Sols 1548-1549: Still at Precipice

12 December 2016

Unfortunately, one of the drill diagnostics early in the plan indicated a problem, which prevented most of the other activities for the weekend (including the arm motion and drive) from happening. So that means that for the Sol 1548-1549 plan the rover is still sitting at Precipice. In addition to… Read More

Sols 1545-1547: Moving again!

9 December 2016

This morning we received downlink that indicated operation of the drill feed using standard commands.  This is great news, and the anomaly response team has cleared the rover for use of the arm and driving (but not yet drilling).  In today’s plan, we’ll wrap up work at the… Read More

Sol 1544: Diagnostics and Remote Sensing

8 December 2016

The plan for Sol 1544 includes remote sensing and additional diagnostics to resolve the drill feed fault.  The plan starts with a Mastcam tau and crater rim extinction observation to monitor dust in the atmosphere.  Then we’ll acquire ChemCam observations of “Aunt Betty… Read More

Name Changed on Ceres

7 December 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Yamor Mons to replace the name Ysolo Mons on Ceres. For more information, see the map of Ceres in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.