NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now finishing up Sol 2121 duties.
Experiences Michelle Minitti, a planetary geologist at Framework in Silver Spring, Maryland, Mars dealt scientists a successful hand, yielding a sufficiently flat parking area after a latest brief bump that permits Curiosity to proceed with a plan to drill in an space of the “Vera Rubin Ridge.”
“Our present parking spot doesn’t exhibit as robust a hematite sign from orbit as the location of our final drill try,” Minitti notes, “however it nonetheless importantly supplies a possibility to pattern the ‘Pettegrove Level’ member of the Vera Rubin Ridge.”
The main focus of late has been nearly solely on characterizing the drill goal, melodiously named “Ailsa Craig,” utilizing the robotic’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) after brushing it with the rover’s Mud Elimination Device.
“The rover may even place the drill in touch with the goal and push into it to check the goal’s stability for drilling,” Minitti provides. If luck holds, Curiosity will quickly try new drilling actions.
“The science staff managed to squeeze one commentary unrelated to drilling into the plan…a single picture of the sky to observe the mud within the environment,” Minitti concludes.
New highway map
In the meantime, a brand new Curiosity traverse map via Sol 2120 has been issued.
The map reveals the route pushed by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity via the 2120 Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (July 24, 2018).
Numbering of the dots alongside the road point out the sol variety of every drive. North is up. The size bar is 1 kilometer (~zero.62 mile).
From Sol 2119 to Sol 2120, Curiosity had pushed a straight line distance of about 6.52 toes (1.99 meters), bringing the rover’s complete odometry for the mission to 12.10 miles (19.47 kilometers).
The bottom picture from the map is from the Excessive Decision Imaging Science Experiment Digital camera (HiRISE) in NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.