2 August 2016

Sol 1419: Cleaning CHIMRA

Posted by Ryan

The drilling campaign on Marimba continues, dominating the Sol 1419 plan.  Again, the tactical operations team was able to squeeze some additional science activities into the plan:  ChemCam and Mastcam will observe a laminated bedrock exposure called “Namibe,” and the Right Mastcam will image the two targets autonomously observed by ChemCam on Sol 1417.  Then the arm work resumes, with a brief interruption for a Mastcam stereo mosaic of Murray Buttes in the afternoon.  After CHIMRA is cleaned and inspected by the cameras, MAHLI will image the last of the previous drill sample and APXS placed on the dump pile for an overnight integration.  I’ll be MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead tomorrow, so I dialed in to tactical operations meetings today to keep up to date.

by Ken Herkenhoff

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.