After driving over 40 meters on Sol
is ready for the 3-sol
weekend plan. There are a couple of good-sized outcrops in the arm workspace
, so we’re planning contact science on Sol
1511. But first, Navcam
will look for clouds and ChemCam
will observe bedrock targets named “Pemetic,” “Jordan Pond,” and “Penobscot.” The Right Mastcam
will then image Jordan Pond, Pemetic, and the ChemCam
target selected by AEGIS on Sol
1509, and acquire a 9×3 mosaic of sedimentary structures southwest of the rover. Later that afternoon, the DRT
will brush off Penobscot and MAHLI
will image the brushed spot and Pemetic from 25, 5 and 1 centimeter. The APXS
will be placed on Pemetic for a pair of integrations that evening, then placed on Penobscot for an overnight integration.
will acquire a 5×4 stereo mosaic of the outcrop around Penobscot and a multispectral observation of the brushed spot. Next, MAHLI
will image the rover wheels at 5 locations separated by small “bumps” to monitor wheel wear. Then it’s time for another drive and the post-drive imaging needed for a potential “touch and go” on Sol
1513 starts with another ChemCam
observation using AEGIS and Mastcam
measurements of atmospheric dust opacity. Finally, CheMin
will read out the data resulting from the recent analysis of empty sample cells and MARDI
will acquire another image during twilight. The rover will then get some well-earned rest and charge her batteries overnight. It was a busy morning for me and the other MAHLI
uplink leads, but we’re happy with the plan!
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.