1 April 2015
by Ken Herkenhoff
After receiving and analyzing the most recent “Garden City” data, the MSL team decided that more data are needed to better understand this interesting outcrop. Therefore, after acquiring some ChemCam and Mastcam observations near “Kanosh,” the rover will drive back to Garden City on Sol 944. The goal is to position the rover for contact science activities in a part of the outcrop that was not previously within the arm’s reach. CheMin will perform another analysis of the Telegraph Peak drill sample overnight, then ChemCam, REMS and Mastcam will measure atmospheric properties on Sol 945. Tactical planning is still “restricted” due to the difference between Pacific Daylight Time and the local time in Gale Crater, so the next set of rover activities will not be planned until Friday.
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.