Curiosity's Martian Holiday
Colette Lohr, Tactical Uplink Lead on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, gives an update on developments and status of the Curiosity rover's exploration. The MSL team has started doing discovery-driven planning, in a sense handing the rover keys to the science team. In the early part of any mission, much of what the rover does is pre-scripted. The team now has the freedom to send the rover where the science takes them.