On Wednesday 22 August 2012, JPL hosted another full media briefing
. The room was not as full press as on the first 5 Sol media briefings.
Participants in the press conference were:
Michael Watkins - Curiosity mission manager, JPL
Louise Jandura - Sampling system lead engineer, JPL
Ashwin Vasavada - Curiosity deputy project scientist, JPL
Igor Mitrofanov - Principal investigator of DAN
Javier Gomez-Elvira - Principal investigator of REMS
In the Media briefing within the Yellowknife landing quadrangle the actual landing site as denoted by the 4 corner wheels of Curiosity was named ‘Bradbury Landing’ in honor of Ray Bradbury, the Science Fiction writer that had a very special relationship with JPL. During his last visit at JPL in 2009 he was shown how to plan a drive of the MER rover Opportunity, trying his hand in the simulation software used for planning.
After two weeks of preparations Curiosity made wheel tracks driving 4 meters (16 feet) from her landings spot. It then rotated 120° and moved backward approximately 2 meter (8 feet). It took a lot of images, among which a 360° panorama.
Click here to see the entire panorama, which is composed of 23 frames arranged in a cylindrical projection.
The spacecraft is now about 5 meters (20 feet) away from its landing site.
The audiostream of the status briefing on the Curiosity rover’s mission to Mars’ Gale Crater can be found here