14 October 2015

Sol 1133: Dump and “Thwack”

Posted by Ryan Anderson

Selfie at Big Sky

Sol 1133 activities are dominated by dumping the “Big Sky” sample and “thwacking” CHIMRA (the Collection and Handling for in-Situ Martian Rock Analysis) to clean out any remnants of the sample.  We have to do this in preparation for the next drill sample, which will likely be the “Greenhorn” target in tomorrow’s plan.  In addition to these arm activities, today’s plan includes several ChemCam and Mastcam observations of “Greenhorn” and “Gallatin Pass” to assess chemical variations across a fracture.

And while Curiosity has been keeping busy on Mars, the science team has been working away here on Earth.  Check out the most recent selfie at “Big Sky” that was just released as well as some exciting results that were just published in Science!

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.