11 April 2019

Sol 2374: Taking some time for remote science

Posted by Ryan Anderson


This week’s drill activities have been very power-intensive for Curiosity. So we’ll spend today, Sol 2374, catching up on some remote science observations while waiting for data from yesterday’s CheMin run to arrive.

We’ll kick off our first science block with a Mastcam dust devil movie and a multispectral observation of a nearby potential meteorite target, ‘Lumphanan.’ Lumphanan is visible in the center of the Mastcam image above. Next, we’ll use ChemCam to analyze our ‘Aberlady’ drill hole for a second time, following up on an initial analysis on Sol 2372. After ChemCam, Mastcam will take 3 images of the ‘Claymore’ target area. This will be the first sequence of change detection images; we’ll repeat these images over the next few sols to observe how sand particles are moving around the surface.

Later in the afternoon, we’ll do some more remote science observations, including ChemCam on nearby rock targets ‘North Berwick’ and ‘Middle Field.’ We’ll round out the science block with some environmental monitoring activities, including a Navcam cloud movie, Mastcam tau measurement, and a REMS observation.

Written by Rachel Kronyak, Planetary Geologist at University of Tennessee