28 May 2015

Sol 999: Last MAHLI images before conjunction

Posted by Ryan Anderson

by Ken Herkenhoff

Today is the last day we can plan MAHLI activities before the operational stand-down for solar conjunction, to ensure that we have time to confirm that MAHLI‘s dust cover is safely closed.  So we worked to include as many MAHLI images as possible in the Sol 999 plan, making for a rather hectic day for me as MAHLI uplink lead.  The plan includes a full set of MAHLI images of a potential DRT target called “Big Arm.” The target dubbed “Wallace” was selected for brushing by the DRT, followed by a full set of MAHLI images of the brushed spot.  The APXS will then be placed on Wallace for overnight integration.  Mastcam multispectral observations of the brushed Ronan target and some rocks broken by one of the wheels (dubbed “Seeley”) are also planned–we want to image them before any dust is deposited on those clean surfaces.

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.