Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 1661-1663: DAN has been busy

8 April 2017

Our drive away from the “Ogunquit Beach” sand dune location went well, taking us about 35 meters to the southwest and putting us in a good location to continue measuring the composition of the bedrock as we drive up Mt. Sharp. The Sol 1661 plan starts out with a Mastcam mosaic of… Read More

Sols 1659-1660: Time to hit the road again

5 April 2017

Curiosity has been carrying out a great investigation at Ogunquit Beach, but we’re still working out some issues related to the drill feed, so the decision was made to drive away in today’s plan.  We’re driving away with a cache full of sand, so we can still deliver to CheMin… Read More

Sols 1657-1658: April Fool's Day, or Groundhog's Day?

4 April 2017

 Over the weekend there was a problem with the Deep Space Network that we rely on to transmit commands to Curiosity, so the rover didn’t receive its instructions and instead went into “runout” mode, where it patiently waits for commands and does some basic environmental… Read More

Names Approved for Two Features on Mars: Kankossa and Bam

3 April 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mars, Kankossa and Bam. For more information, see Mars maps MC-18 and MC-22 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 1654-1656 MAHLI imaging of OG1 and remote sensing

31 March 2017

Today’s three-sol plan starts with MAHLI imaging of the first scoop location (OG1).  The first sol also includes Mastcam and MARDI imaging for change detection.  The second sol involves a number of remote sensing activities, starting with a long morning imaging suite for… Read More

Sol 1653: Targeted science at Ogunquit Beach

30 March 2017

 Yesterday afternoon the downlink included some results of ongoing drill feed diagnostics that warrant a further look before proceeding with the dune campaign, so the arm activities from Sol 1652 were pulled from the plan and we did not drop-off to CheMin.  But we did receive some… Read More

Sol 1652: CheMin drop-off and SAM Analysis

29 March 2017

Sol 1651 activities executed nominally, so today’s plan is focused on dropping off the fine-grained portion of “Ogunquit Beach” Scoop #1 (now named “OG1”) to CheMin, and SAM analysis of OG1.  The plan kicks off with Mastcam multispectral imaging of the right and… Read More

Sol 1651: Scoop #1 at Ogunquit Beach

28 March 2017

Sol 1650 activities completed as expected, so it’s time to start scooping.  Today’s plan is focused on acquiring Scoop #1 and dropping off a portion of the sample to SAM.  This is the first of four intended scoops at this location, aimed at sampling different grain sizes and… Read More

Sol 1650: Let the scooping begin!

27 March 2017

Over the weekend, Curiosity bumped to our scooping location at “Ogunquit Beach.”  We have a wheel scuff in the left side of our workspace and a sinuous ripple crest in the right side of the workspace, which according to today’s Geology Science Theme Lead Michelle Minitti is… Read More

Sols 1647-1649: Approaching the dune edge

24 March 2017

The traction control test went well, and MSL drove over 30 meters on Sol 1646.  The rover will be busy this weekend with lots of remote sensing, arm work, and a drive onto the edge of the dune.  On Sol 1647, Left Mastcam will take a 360-degree panorama and Right Mastcam will acquire… Read More