15 August 2016

Sol 1432: Crossing the sand

Posted by Ryan Anderson

ChemCam RMI image of a precariously balanced rock.

This is a long distance ChemCam RMI observation of a precariously balanced block on the edge of one of the nearby buttes. The image is slightly out of focus but still shows some nice details in the block and the layered rock that it is perched on. It was taken on Sol 1428.

The weekend plan went well, so the plan for Sol 1432 is to keep driving! Curiosity will go about 52 meters across a patch of sand, but before that we have a short science block. ChemCam will observe the target “Longa” and Mastcam has two mosaics of the nearby buttes. After the drive, we have post-drive imaging, and some onboard data processing of the MAHLI images of the “Marimba” drill hole, as well as some CheMin data processing. In the morning of Sol 1433 we are planning some atmospheric observations with Navcam and Mastcam, although one of them had to be removed from the plan when we realized that one of the nearby buttes was blocking our view of the crater rim!

by Ryan Anderson

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