2 March 2016

Sols 1271-1272: Remote Sensing and CheMin Analysis

Posted by Ryan

Today’s 2-sol plan is focused on targeted remote sensing, imaging to prepare for contact science, and CheMin analysis of the Gobabeb #6 sample.  We’re in a great position on the east side of the Naukluft Plateau, and we’re trying to understand the local stratigraphy and diagenetic features.   The first sol includes ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the targets “Uniab” and “Tumas,” followed by imaging of the area in front of the rover to prepare for possible contact science in the weekend plan.  The second sol starts with an early morning science block for atmospheric monitoring observations.  Sol 1272 also includes CheMin analysis of a sample that we acquired back at Namib dune.  In the afternoon, Curiosity will acquire a long-distance RMI mosaic of Peace Vallis, and will continue monitoring atmospheric opacity and studying the sky above Mount Sharp.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, Opportunity is perched on a steep slope, trying to make her way up to an interesting outcrop on Knudsen Ridge.  It’s another great day on Mars!

By Lauren Edgar 

–Lauren is a Research Geologist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center and a member of MSL science team.

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.