NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2645 duties.
“Whereas descending from Western Butte, Curiosity has stopped to research an odd trough alongside the best way,” reviews Melissa Rice, a planetary geologist at Western Washington College in Bellingham, Washington.
“Within the photographs from orbit, it seems to be like somebody drew a thick straight line with a darkish felt marker on the southeastern facet of the butte. From the bottom, it seems to be like a shallow ditch crammed with darkish sand,” Rice provides. “We don’t know what created this characteristic, or why it occurs to be proper right here, so it’s price stopping for a more in-depth look.”
Over the weekend, Curiosity drove downhill and parked on the high of the trough, which we named “Balgy.”
The rover is slated to take a big Mastcam stereo mosaic overlaying each side of Balgy Trough. Mars scientists are additionally taking a smaller Mastcam stereo mosaic of laminated rocks close by referred to as “Baljaffray,” and seize a fast set of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) observations on the bedrock goal “Kennedys Cross.”
“After that, Curiosity will end descending from Western Butte and can head south,” Rice concludes.
Dates of deliberate rover actions described in these reviews are topic to alter resulting from quite a lot of elements associated to the Martian surroundings, communication relays and rover standing.