NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3081 duties.
The robotic is on a hunt for its subsequent drill goal, studies Mariah Baker, a planetary geologist on the Heart for Earth & Planetary Research, Smithsonian Nationwide Air & Area Museum in Washington, D.C.
“Lately, the rover has been investigating the ‘Mont Mercou’ rock outcrop…and now she’s making her approach round to the highest of the outcrop to discover a appropriate place to drill,” Baker notes. “However there’s at all times science to be performed alongside the way in which!”
A brand new plan scoped out two sols of rover actions with a drive within the center.
The science block on Sol 3081 was to incorporate two Mastcam stereo mosaics of Mont Mercou, in addition to Chemistry and Digicam (ChemCam) observations on a titanium calibration goal.
Navcam and Mastcam pictures may even be acquired to measure the quantity of mud within the environment. “Contact and go” contact science with the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) was to be performed on bedrock goal “Orliac” earlier than the rover executes a deliberate drive of over 60 toes (19-meters), Baker studies.
Subsequent drill spot
After the drive, the rover will purchase customary post-drive pictures of its subsequent workspace with the Mastcam, Navcam, and Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) cameras.
The untargeted science block on Sol 3082 is deliberate to incorporate a protracted Navcam mud satan film and a single Mastcam picture to watch accumulation of sediment on the rover’s deck, Baker provides.
Each sols (3081-3082) have been to incorporate Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN)
And Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) measurements, in addition to quick science blocks round sundown for Navcam and Mastcam cloud imaging.
“Within the coming sols,” Baker concludes, “the rover will proceed to gather much more information on the native geology and surroundings as she hunts for our subsequent drill location on Mars!”