NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3090 duties.
The robotic’s drive on Sol 3088 went effectively, “and there’s plenty of bedrock within the arm workspace,” reviews Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist on the USGS Astrogeology Science Heart in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The strategic plan included full contact science to assist choice of the following drill goal, however sadly the Sol 3088 Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) actions didn’t full as anticipated, so no MAHLI imaging was included in a latest plan whereas the workforce evaluates MAHLI telemetry.
“However we’re nonetheless planning to brush a bedrock goal named ‘Bardou’ and observe the brushed spot and a close-by unbrushed spot with [the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer] APXS, to assist perceive the compositions of the bedrock, mud, and sand within the space,” Herkenhoff provides.
Earlier than deploying the rover’s arm, a passive Chemistry and Digicam (ChemCam) statement of Bardou is deliberate, together with Distant Micro-Imager (RMI) mosaics of distant targets on the flank of “Mt. Sharp” and what seems to be a windblown drift deposit close to the highest of “Mont Mercou.”
“After the arm is moved out of the way in which late within the morning of Sol 3091,” Herkenhoff reviews, “Navcam and Mastcam will measure the quantity of mud suspended within the ambiance, then Mastcam will purchase a multispectral statement of the brushed spot and stereo mosaics of “Mini Mont Mercou” and a ridge within the distance towards the southwest. Lastly, the Left Mastcam will survey the sky for clouds throughout twilight.”