Curiosity Mars Rover: On the Road Again!

Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3110 duties.

Curiosity lately drove roughly 145 ft (44 meters) on sol 3109, “so we’ve left our scenic view at ‘Bardou’ behind within the rear-view mirror… er… rear Hazcam… er…. actuaaaallllly, to be completely exact, entrance Hazcam since we drove ,” stories Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Curiosity Proper Navigation camera Proper B photograph taken on Sol 3109, Might 5, 2021.
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The Mars equipment now has a brand new workspace below its wheels, with views of rocks with nice textures on the horizon.

Contact and go

A newly scripted has a typical “contact and go” sol, that means the rover will “snap a couple of photographs and laser a rock, squeeze in some fast contact science to research the realm in entrance of the rover, after which drive on to our subsequent goal all earlier than we have to ship the information again in order that it arrives on Earth in time for us to see it earlier than making Friday’s plan,” Fraeman explains.

Curiosity Entrance Hazard Avoidance Proper B Digital camera picture acquired on Sol 3109, Might 5, 2021.
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The contact science goal within the present plan is a vein named “Gourdon,” with the buying Chemistry and Digital camera (ChemCam) Laser Induced Spectroscopy (LIBS) knowledge on the identical vein on a goal named “Molieres.”

A rock informally described as having tiger stripes captured on this Left Navigation Digital camera picture taken on Sol 3109.
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Tiger stripes

“We’ll moreover gather ChemCam passive spectral and Mastcam multispectral knowledge on a distinct vein goal named “Pech Du Loup,” and we’ll take a number of Mastcam pictures to seize the colours and textures of close by rocks,” Fraeman provides.

Curiosity Left B Navigation Digital camera picture taken on Sol 3109, Might 5, 2021.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Left B Navigation Digital camera picture taken on Sol 3109, Might 5, 2021.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Entrance Hazard Avoidance Proper B Digital camera picture acquired on Sol 3109, Might 5, 2021.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

 

“For our drive, we’re aiming for a goal that’s situated simply above a rock the group informally began describing as having tiger stripes,” Fraeman notes. “The obvious stripes are doubtless attributable to veins that jut out at low angles and are extra proof against than the encompassing rock. It ought to be nice enjoyable to get a better of view of this and the encompassing rocks in Friday’s plan.”

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