22 May 2015

Sol 992: Marias Pass

Posted by Ryan Anderson

Sol 991 Marias Pass

By Lauren Edgar

Curiosity conquered the hill on Sol 991, and we were rewarded with a beautiful view of Marias Pass.  The 22 meter drive on Sol 991 brings our total odometry to 10,556 meters.

In today’s plan, Curiosity will acquire ChemCam and Mastcam observations on the targets “Elk” and “Bull” to characterize the bright bedrock and a nearby boulder.  We’ll also take several Mastcam mosaics to document the local stratigraphy.  After a short drive we’ll acquire additional Mastcam images to capture the contact between the Stimson and Pahrump units.  The plan also includes standard post-drive imaging, as well as DAN and REMS activities.

–Lauren is a Research Geologist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center and a member of MSL science team.

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.