22 September 2016

Sol 1469: Leaving Murray Buttes

Posted by Ryan

MSL drove over 87 meters on Sol 1468, toward an outcrop named “Karasburg.”  The Sol 1469 plan includes another drive toward Karasburg, after ChemCam and Mastcam sample a local bedrock target named “Cacolo” and a patch of brighter material dubbed “Malembo.”  Mastcam will also acquire mosaics of the Karasburg area both before and after the drive.  Following the typical post-drive activities, AEGIS will again be used to autonomously select a ChemCam target and acquire chemical and imaging data.  While the Murray Buttes were spectacular and interesting, it’s good to be back on the road again, as there is much more of Mt. Sharp to explore!

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.