Curiosity Mission Updates

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Left Navigation Camera (Navcams) on Sol 1289 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The drive on Sol 1290 was successful, and Curiosity drove ~15 m to the north. We are currently sitting on top of a ridge in the Stimson formation, which provides a good view of the surrounding terrain and will enable us to plan the upcoming drives better. The goal this week is to keep making our way across the Naukluft Plateau. Today’s plan follows a similar structure: remote sensing, drive, and post-drive imaging. The plan includes ChemCam documentation of the local bedrock at a target named "Khaudam," and two Mastcam mosaics to assess the sedimentary structures exposed along the ridge. Then Curiosity will continue driving across the plateau, and will take post-drive imaging to prepare for upcoming targeting and traverse planning. It’s a quiet week of operations, while most of the science team is busy at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston! By Lauren Edgar --Lauren is a Research Geologist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center and a member of the MSL science team. Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.


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These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public.

Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.

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Tools on the
Curiosity Rover
The Curiosity rover has tools to study clues about past and present environmental conditions on Mars, including whether conditions have ever been favorable for microbial life. The rover carries:

Cameras

Spectrometers

Radiation Detectors

Environmental Sensors

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