1644 plan for Curiosity focuses on arm activities, because the volume of data expected to be relayed via the MRO
and Mars Odyssey orbiters in time for planning tomorrow
is too small to allow both a drive and drill diagnostic tests. So the tactical science team took advantage of the opportunity for contact science by planning APXS
observations of bedrock targets named “The Hop” and “The Horns.” But first, ChemCam
and Right Mastcam
will observe The Hop, then Right Mastcam
will image the target AEGIS selected yesterday and examine rocks named “Heald Mountain,” “Caucomgomoc Lake,”
and “Mooselookmeguntic Lake.” Mastcam
will also search for late-morning dust devils. After the drill diagnostics and full suites of MAHLI
images of The Hop and The Horns, the APXS
will be placed on The Hop for an overnight integration. Early the next morning, Navcam
will search for clouds and Mastcam
will measure the amount of dust in the atmosphere.
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.