1419 activities completed successfully, including cleaning the remaining Oudam sample out of CHIMRA
. So the focus of the Sol
1420 plan is drilling into the Marimba bedrock target. But first, MAHLI
will image the “noseprint” of the APXS
contact sensor in the Oudam dump pile
and the drill target from various distances. After the drilling has completed, the drill bit and the new drill hole will be imaged by many of the MSL
cameras. And once again, we were able to fit some additional Mastcam
observations into the plan: Measurements of dust in the atmosphere, a stereo mosaic extending coverage of the arm workspace, images of targets “Cota 1” and “Cota 2” to serve as a baseline for detecting changes in sand deposits this weekend, and two stereo pairs to improve coverage of one of the Murray Buttes. The MAHLI
activities were all part of the drill campaign that was planned in advance, so it was an easy day for me as uplink lead.
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.