Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets
Results from the first 360 Sols of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission: Bradbury Landing through Yellowknife Bay
The Mars Science Laboratory Mission featured a novel EDL system that recorded events during landing, and a unique rover payload that successfully acquired data from the time of landing through the first 100 sols. These data sets are diverse and include atmospheric and surface imaging during landing; post-landing assessment of the terrain including landscape morphology, rock and soil composition, rock and soil textures, and the chemical, mineralogical, and textural anatomy of a small eolian bedform. In addition the atmosphere was monitored as a time series for information regarding pressure, temperature (and also ground temperature), wind velocity and direction, and UV flux. Finally, the rover measured background cosmic and solar radiation fluxes, as well as the subsurface composition of neutron absorbers such as hydrogen and chlorine. This special set would represent a compilation of the MSL's initial results.
Guest Editors: John Grotzinger, California Institute of Technology
Ashwin R. Vasavada, Jet Propulsion Laboratory