NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2224 duties.
On Sol 2222, Curiosity drove over 30 ft (roughly 10 meters) in the direction of the “Lake Orcadie” location.
Studies Lauren Edgar, a planetary geologist on the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona the hopes are that the robotic will have the ability to drill the grey Jura member there.
A brand new plan is concentrated on characterizing the goal “Highfield,” a vivid patch of outcrop and included pre-planned actions as a part of customary drill website characterization.
Drill goal prep
First Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) will perform a brief integration on the supposed drill goal, adopted by two Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) pictures.
Then the plan calls to be used of the Mud Elimination Software to brush the goal, adopted by Mastcam imaging and a full suite of MAHLI pictures.
“Then we’ll do a drill pre-load check, which signifies that we’ll put weight on the drill bit to ensure the floor can help it,” Edgar notes, “and if it makes marks on the floor this would possibly give us a sign of how arduous or mushy the floor is.”
Optimistic on sampling
In a single day, Curiosity will purchase an extended APXS integration on “Highfield.”
“We have been fairly tight on each energy and information quantity…so it was a little bit of a problem to prioritize all the things, however we’re optimistic that this can be our probability to pattern the grey Jura member,” Edgar provides. “I’m eagerly awaiting our downlink and hoping that we’ll be ‘go’ for a full drill gap right here!”
Curiosity Mastcam Left picture taken on Sol 2222, November 6, 2018.
Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS