26 May 2016

Sols 1353-1354: Clear sailing

Posted by Ryan Anderson

The Sol 1352 post-drive imaging shows that, while there are sandy ripples ahead, there are enough rocky patches that the rover should not have any problem driving toward the southwest.  This is what we were hoping, so we are planning to drive in that direction on Sol 1353.  But first, Mastcam will acquire stereo mosaics of the Murray-Stimson contact and a couple areas toward the west with nodular features.  After the drive, ChemCam will again autonomously measure the chemistry of a target selected by the AEGIS software.

To get a head start on planning for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, two sols are being planned today.  We expect to receive the Sol 1352 data needed for planning the rest of the weekend tomorrow morning.  The Sol 1353 activities cannot be precisely targeted, so Navcam will look for clouds and Mastcam will measure the amount of dust in the atmosphere at various times that sol.  In addition, ChemCam will perform a routine calibration activity.  Once again it was an easy day for me as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead, with only the usual MARDI twilight image to plan.


by Ken Herkenhoff

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.