24 October 2016

Sol 1500: So long Sebina

Posted by Ryan Anderson

Sol 1496 MAHLI SebinaSol 1497 MAHLI Sebina

Over the weekend Curiosity completed her investigation of the “Sebina” drill site, and we’re back on the road again.  Before we hit the road we took another MAHLI image of the drill hole, and noticed just how quickly the wind has swept away the fines.  The two images above were taken one sol apart.  Looks like a windy day on Mars!

Today’s plan is focused on targeted remote sensing and driving.  The morning science block includes ChemCam observations on the targets “Ranaka” and “Seleka” to assess the composition of the local bedrock.  It also includes several Mastcam mosaics to investigate sedimentary structures.  Then we’ll aim to drive for about 30 m to continue working our way up Mt. Sharp.  After the drive we’ll take standard post-drive imaging for targeting and context.  Hard to believe it’s been 1500 sols already!

By Lauren Edgar

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.