1 September 2015

Sol 1092: Stimson Contact Science

Posted by Ryan Anderson

Sol 1091 Navcam contact science

Curiosity is currently investigating an outcrop of the Stimson unit.  On Sol 1091, Curiosity acquired some low-resolution MAHLI images of the targets “Pentagon,” “Lebo,” “Ivanhoe,” and “Ledger” in order to plan more detailed imaging of those targets today.

The Sol 1092 plan includes targeted remote sensing followed by more contact science.  In the midday science block, we’ll acquire ChemCam and Mastcam on the targets “Rabbit Hills” and “Horseshoe Hills” to investigate some of the alteration features seen here.   We’ll also acquire some large Mastcam mosaics of the “Williams” area to investigate the sedimentary structures.  The plan also includes a ChemCam RMI autofocus test, and a Navcam movie to monitor the atmosphere.  In the afternoon, we’ll acquire closer MAHLI imaging on “Lebo,” “Ivanhoe,” and “Ledger,” using the information we gained from the Sol 1091 MAHLI finder frames.  Since “Ledger” is a nice flat ledge, it’s also a good target for the DRT, so we can brush away the dust to expose a fresh surface.  Then we’ll place the APXS on “Ledger” for an overnight integration.  We’re in really early slide sols this week (meaning planning starts at 6am), but that hasn’t stopped the team from putting together some very full

By Lauren Edgar

–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.