Curiosity update: ‘What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate’

NLB_492570384EDR_S0490000NCAM00546M_-br2Sol 1071-1072, August 11, 2015, update from USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Unfortunately over the weekend there was an outage at the Deep Space Network, which prevented the plan for the weekend from being sent to Curiosity. So, instead of a busy weekend, Curiosity was in “runout” mode, making routine environmental monitoring measurements and waiting patiently for more instructions. The sol 1071 and 1072 plans are focused primarily on recovering the observations that were lost in the weekend plan, before we drive away.

On sol 1071, ChemCam has a passive observation of “Coombs”, and active (laser-firing) observations of three locations on “Missoula”. Mastcam will take some supporting images, and Navcam has some atmospheric observations. [More at link]

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