Sol 405 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Tight Spot

25 September 2013

The autonomous navigation software could not find a safe path toward the rover's goal on Sol 404, so ended up in a configuration that prevented uplink of the Sol 405 command sequences directly to the high-gain antenna from Earth. Without new instructions, the rover executed the runout sequences… Read More

Sol 404 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Back on the Road

24 September 2013

The campaign at Waypoint 1 is complete, and MSL is back on the road toward Aeolis Mons ("Mt. Sharp"). Lots of observations were made at Waypoint 1, and are being analyzed as the data are returned to Earth. I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again today, planning the usual end-of-drive MAHLI and MARDI… Read More

Sol 399: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Long Shift

19 September 2013

Today is my last shift as SOWG Chair this week. The rover is in a stable position, so we were able to plan lots of contact science for Sol 399, including MAHLI and APXS observations of 5 different targets at Waypoint 1. It's a very complex plan, but we were able to add ChemCam and Mastcam… Read More

Sol 398 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Veins

18 September 2013

The short drive to the next contact science location at Waypoint 1 was successful, so we planned a lot of MAHLI images and a couple ChemCam observations of the veins in front of the rover. Planning is still restricted, so these data will not be received in time to plan Sol 399, but will be used… Read More

Sol 397 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Blind Observations

17 September 2013

MSL planning is restricted again this week, so Sol 397 was planned without knowing the position of the rover after the Sol 396 drive. Fortunately, there were a number of blind observations that could be scheduled this sol, including repeated Mastcam and Navcam observations of the ground left and… Read More

Sol 392-396 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Waypoint 1

13 September 2013

The rover is in position to deploy the arm instruments on outcrops at Waypoint 1, so the weekend plan includes lots of APXS and MAHLI observations. So many contact and remote sensing observations were suggested that we didn't have time to include them all in the plan! A short drive, or "bump" to… Read More

Contour merging and attribution tools for ArcMap 10.1

13 September 2013

Ever need to clean and attribute scanned contours? Once the scan has been converted to vector lines (e.g. using ArcScan or GDAL), you may find these two ArcMap 10.1 add-ins helpful for merging and semi-automatically attributing the contour lines. The first tool, Iterative Self Select Intersected,… Read More

Sol 388 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: New Record Drive

12 September 2013

I'm back from a week's vacation, catching up on everything that MSL has been doing. A new record for drive distance was set last week, 141 meters! Driving this far required lots of autonomous navigation, which left little time for science observations. Last weekend's plan included contact… Read More

Magellan SAR and synthetic stereo mosaics by quadrangle

9 September 2013

The Magellan SAR and Synthetic Stereo Mosaics were created back in 2002 by Vicki Hansen and Duncan Young at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. These are just visual Jpegs and currently do not have geospatial headers for mapping applications. Description: synthetic aperture radar (SAR, cycles 1,… Read More

Sol 382 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Onward to the Mountain

4 September 2013

Autonomous navigation continues to work well, allowing longer drives into areas not visible from the previous rover location. Today the view ahead is good enough that we are planning to drive over 100 meters, with the last ~45 meters using AutoNav. But driving this far leaves very little time… Read More