Curiosity Mars Rover: Sedimentary Outcrop, Sand Observations

Curiosity Proper B Navigation Digital camera picture taken on Sol 3077, April 2, 2021.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3078 duties.

“Curiosity is constant to make her means round ‘Mont Mercou’ to seize as many angles as doable of the [23-feet] 7-meter tall sedimentary outcrop,” experiences Kristen Bennett, a planetary geologist on the USGS Astrogeology Science Middle in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Curiosity Proper B Navigation Digital camera picture taken on Sol 3077, April 2, 2021.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The rover lately stopped at a patch of sand, so the science group divided their focus between the sand on the robotic’s toes and the outcrop towering above the Mars equipment.

Curiosity Proper B Navigation Digital camera picture taken on Sol 3077, April 2, 2021.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Stereo observations

A newly scripted plan consists of many photos of Mont Mercou. There are a number of Mastcam mosaics that cowl the outcrop, together with some stereo observations. There’s additionally a Chemistry and Digital camera (ChemCam) Distant Micro-Imager (RMI), known as “Montpeyroux,” of attention-grabbing sedimentary buildings which can be seen from this facet of the outcrop.

Curiosity Entrance Hazard Avoidance Digital camera Proper B picture acquired on Sol 3077, April 2, 2021.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“The plan additionally focuses on the sand that’s within the rover’s workspace. There are two contact science targets: “Scoor” on a ripple crest and “Garve” on a trough,” Bennett provides.

Curiosity Rear Hazard Avoidance Digital camera B picture taken on Sol 3077, April 2, 2021.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity’s Mastcam and Mars Hand Imager (MAHLI) will every take photos of those targets, whereas the Alpha Particle X- Spectrometer (APXS) will deal with Garve.

Curiosity Mast Digital camera Left picture acquired on Sol 3076, April 1, 2021.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity is about to drive additional round Mont Mercou.

“At first the rover will drive just a bit bit and use MAHLI to picture the wheels as they flip. Subsequent, Curiosity will full an extended drive to proceed circling round to the highest of Mont Mercou,” Bennett experiences.

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