NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now finishing up Sol 2120 duties.
Studies Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist for NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California: “A weekend drive accomplished efficiently and we have now our subsequent meant drill goal try within the rover workspace.”
Pitch and roll
Nonetheless, Fraeman provides, an issue has cropped up. The mixture of the rover’s pitch and roll makes future supply of a drilled pattern to the rover’s Pattern Evaluation at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite through the brand new feed prolonged pattern switch (FEST) technique inconceivable within the robotic’s present orientation.
The plan has the rover making a “scooch” to place it in a extra favorable place for drill pattern supply actions, Fraeman explains.
This small bump pushes Curiosity into a great drill place.
“We additionally managed to get some science in earlier than the bump,” Fraeman factors out.
Gauging mud fall
The plan calls to be used of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to “Sgurr of Eigg,” a contact science goal from virtually 120 sols in the past. Doing so permits scientists to gauge how a lot mud has deposited on it because the rover used its Mud Elimination Software (DRT) on the goal.
Additionally deliberate Fraeman provides, is taking Chemistry and Digicam (ChemCam) passive spectra from one other acquainted goal, “Appin,” after which a Mastcam multispectral remark of each Sgurr of Eigg and Appin.
“We’ll end out the morning science block with a Navcam mud satan survey and get some further environmental science monitoring within the afternoon, together with a tau remark and picture of the crater rim to the north,” Fraeman concludes.