activities planned for last weekend went well, and the rover’s batteries have enough energy to proceed with another drive on Sol
1446. We started the day looking at the beautiful new Mastcam
images of the nearby buttes
, then got down to planning the details of the 2-sol
plan. On Sol
will extend coverage of previously-planned mosaics, and ChemCam
will use its laser to measure the chemistry of “Muchinda” on a large outcrop block
. After the drive, ChemCam
will autonomously make another observation using the AEGIS software. Overnight, CheMin
will prepare and analyze an empty sample cell in anticipation of a new drill sample. Early on Sol
will measure the dust in the atmosphere and search for clouds. Most of these observations will be repeated just before local noon
and late in the afternoon to look for short-term changes.
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.