The drilling campaign on Marimba
continues, dominating the Sol
1419 plan. Again, the tactical operations team was able to squeeze some additional science activities into the plan: ChemCam
will observe a laminated bedrock exposure called “Namibe,” and the Right Mastcam
will image the two targets autonomously observed by ChemCam
1417. Then the arm work resumes, with a brief interruption for a Mastcam
stereo mosaic of Murray Buttes in the afternoon. After CHIMRA
is cleaned and inspected by the cameras, MAHLI
will image the last of the previous drill sample and APXS
placed on the dump pile for an overnight integration. I’ll be MAHLI
uplink lead tomorrow
, so I dialed in to tactical operations meetings today to keep up to date.
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.