NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now closing out Sol 3027 duties.
Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory studies that the rover is constant alongside its journey by way of the rubbly unit that marks the transition from the clay-bearing rocks of “Glen Torridon” to the salty sulfate-bearing strata forward.
A current plan scripted a Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) statement on a bit of bedrock within the robotic’s workspace named “Brantôme.”
Additionally deliberate are Mastcam multispectral observations, and a few Mastcam and Chemistry and Digital camera (ChemCam) Distant Micro-Imager (RMI) mosaics of a small crater named “Rouchechuart” and distant strata named “Riberac.”
“After these science observations, Curiosity will drive [128 feet] roughly 39 meters in direction of the sulfate-bearing unit, which we are able to see forming dramatic and welcoming cliffs within the distance,” Fraeman notes.
In the beginning of a current planning day, Fraeman provides, Curiosity staff members celebrated the arrival of a model new orbital neighbor, the Emirates Mars Mission “Hope Probe.” Hope is the primary mission to Mars led by the United Arab Emirates House Company, and its arrival into Mars orbit represents a rare accomplishment.
Fraeman says “Welcome to Mars, Hope, we’re so excited to have you ever right here!”