SAM Science Team Meeting
SAM science team members who were still at Cape Canaveral joined others by telecon for the first team meeting with Curiosity in space on its way to Mars. We heard updates both on SAM related laboratory studies and on the plans for continuing the analysis of the extensive SAM calibration data set that we obtained prior to and after delivery of the SAM to the Curiosity rover. The SAM software team has been working hard on improving the power of their data analysis tools and they demonstrated these for the scientists. Several participating scientists had been selected a few days earlier to bring their particular expertise to the Curiosity investigation and two of these individuals joined the SAM team meeting. Pan Conrad who is the SAM Investigation Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is organizing our team to be ready for surface operations and she reminded us that we MUST get properly trained to put SAM to work on Mars. The anticipation and excitement will grow as we get closer to landing, but in the meantime the team has lots of work to do to get ready to explore. Paul Mahaffy from Florida two days after the launch.