NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3076 duties.
The robotic is continuous its investigation of “Mont Mercou,” the tall outcrop of bedded sedimentary rock, studies Mark Salvatore, a planetary geologist on the College of Michigan.
“The science group has been navigating across the base of the cliff after having efficiently drilled into the “Nontron” bedrock goal,” Salvatore provides. “By imaging the cliff at totally different viewing geometries, we’re in a position to change each place and illumination situations, serving to us to totally map the noticed constructions and properties of those sedimentary rocks.”
In a newly orchestrated plan, the group has recognized a nodular bedrock goal to characterize utilizing the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) instrument on the rover’s arm, which can present details about the chemical make-up of this bedrock materials.
Curiosity may even be buying many pictures utilizing each the Chemistry and Digital camera (ChemCam) and Mastcam devices, because the rover is now on the jap aspect of the cliff face.
Cliff face navigation
“Following these observations, Curiosity will then navigate to the western aspect of the cliff face to carry out an analogous suite of imaging observations, Salvatore explains.
These rock outcrops, the place researchers can see bedding from a number of angles, Salvatore factors out, “are a treasure for geologists as we attempt to unravel the traditional environmental situations that had been as soon as current in Gale crater. The group is cognizant of the worth of this outcrop, and so we’re ensuring to amass the entire observations that we’d like earlier than driving away from this location.”