13 September 2016

Sol 1460: Preparing to drill

Posted by Ryan Anderson

Sol 1459 RMI

Sol 1459 MAHLI wheel imaging

Yesterday was sol 2 of the drill campaign at “Quela” and we did a lot of great remote sensing, contact science and wheel imaging (see the above RMI image showing fine lamination in some pebbles, and the MAHLI image of the wheels to monitor their health).  Today’s plan includes a science block and cross-contamination experiment to prepare for the drill sample.  Science activities include a Mastcam multispectral observation of a block of Stimson sandstone, ChemCam RMI images of the layering in the butte, and ChemCam LIBS to assess the composition of the pebbles.  If all goes well we should be ready to go for the full drill hole tomorrow!

By Lauren Edgar

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