We’re planning two sols, so it’s been busier for me today as SOWG
Chair. The science team had a lot of good ideas for new observations, so it was a challenge to fit them all into the plan, but in the end all went well. On Sol
1475, the arm
will be moved out of the way to allow ChemCam
multispectral observations of the Jwaneng brush spot and an outcrop target named “Munhango.” The Right Mastcam
will also acquire mosaics of targets dubbed “Luremo,” “Nata,” and “Maun” before the rover drives away. In addition to the usual post-drive imaging, ChemCam
will autonomously acquire chemical data on a target selected by the AEGIS software. CheMin
will analyze the latest drill sample overnight, and while the new data are being read out the next morning, Mastcam
will measure the dust in the atmosphere, Navcam
will search for clouds, and ChemCam
will acquire passive spectra of the sky. These atmospheric observations will be repeated at noon to look for short-term changes. Finally, the rover will get some sleep in preparation for what will likely be a busy weekend.
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.