Curiosity Mission Updates
Sol 1863: Planning to Drive AgainWritten by Roger Wiens, ChemCam PI on 11.01.2017
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 1850 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Curiosity will finally be back on the move. The rover made an unexpected stop of nearly two weeks in the current location due to several things ranging from failed uplinks to insufficient arm heating and a camera glitch. It reminds us that everything must work just right to successfully operate a robot on Mars. In addition to thorough remote and contact analyses of this stop, Curiosity had several other notable accomplishments, including placing the drill down on the ground for a test, and dropping off a sample of "Ogunquit Beach" dune soil to SAM for evolved gas analysis.
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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.