8 February 2016
It’s not Groundhog Day, but the drive planned for Sol 1247 will be attempted again on Sol 1248. Due to a minor sequencing error, the arm activities that were planned for the morning of Sol 1247 were precluded. Because the arm was not stowed that sol, the drive did not execute and the rover has not moved. We were not able to recover the MAHLI imaging of the REMS UV sensor that was planned for Sol 1247 because it will be in shadow by the time the Sol 1248 activities start at about 11:00. So it was an easy day for me as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead, with only a MARDI twilight image to plan. We were able to squeeze in some ChemCam and Mastcam observations of “Nil Desperandum” before the drive, in addition to the usual drive-related observations.
Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.