3 September 2015

Sol 1094: Turning in to Bridger Basin

Posted by Ryan Anderson

Sol 1093 Navcam

The drive on Sol 1093 went well, and Curiosity drove ~15 m towards Bridger Basin.  In the Sol 1094 plan, we’ll drive for ~30 m to round the turn into the basin, as we continue making our way through the Stimson unit.  These rocks exhibit a lot of beautiful cross-bedding, as seen in the Sol 1093 Navcams.

Today’s plan consists of ChemCam and Mastcam observations on the targets “Whitewater” and “Whitefish,” two targets that are within a bright, bleached area near a fracture.  After a short drive, we’ll take standard post-drive imaging to help with targeting in tomorrow’s plan.  The plan also includes a ChemCam RMI autofocus test to assess temperature effects.  Looking ahead, tomorrow will be a busy 4-sol plan to prepare for the long weekend!

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.