NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2093 duties.
Notes Ryan Anderson, a planetary geologist for the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona: “Regardless of the worldwide mud storm — extra accurately often called a ‘planet encircling mud occasion’ — darkening the skies, our nuclear-powered rover continues to do good science.”
Veins and layers
A Sol 2090 plan known as for the primary of a number of Navcam observations of the dusty environment over final weekend, adopted by Chemistry and Digital camera (ChemCam) observations of the targets “Caribou Lake,” “Simar,” and “Arlberg”. ChemCam additionally will picture the goal “Younger Lake” once more.
The rover’s Mastcam will take particular person photos of the ChemCam targets on Arlberg and Caribou Lake, plus small stereo mosaics of Simar and “Hawk Ridge” to assist measure the orientation of the veins and layers seen there, Anderson studies.
MAHLI mud verify
Mastcam will then make some observations of the Solar and the distant crater rim to measure the mud within the environment and the robotic’s Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) was set to take a picture of the bottom beneath the rover.
Later within the afternoon on Sol 2090, Anderson provides, Mastcam was slated to take pictures of the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to ensure it isn’t getting too dusty. APXS will then make two measurements: one on “Hunter Lake” and one other on Caribou Lake.
On Sol 2091, the plan was to start out very first thing within the morning with Mastcam and Navcam atmospheric measurements of mud and searches for clouds. Later within the morning, Curiosity was to repeat among the mud observations and Mastcam was on faucet to take photos of “Clappers,” Hunter Lake, and Caribou Lake.
On Sol 2092, the plan known as to be used of the Pattern Evaluation at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite to make a measurement of the atmospheric composition, after which Navcam was to measure the mud within the environment earlier than a rover drive.
Anderson explains that the drive ought to go about 92 ft (28 meters), heading again up the slope towards the highest of Vera Rubin Ridge.
After the drive, Mastcam is scheduled to take one other spherical of atmospheric mud measurements plus regular post-drive imaging, together with a documentation picture of the bottom close to the rover.
MARDI was additionally to take a documentation picture, Anderson concludes.