Curiosity Mission Updates

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Left Navigation Camera (Navcams) on Sol 1249 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


The Sol 1249 drive went well, leaving the rover in an area with many nice outcrops of bright bedrock. A large outcrop, partly visible at the left side of the image above, was chosen as the target for dumping the sand sample and examinin g it this weekend. So, after ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the bedrock target "Kuiseb," the vehicle will back up, turn a bit to the left, then drive forward to get the large outcrop into the arm workspace. Lots of images of the workspace will be acquired after the drive, to allow dump and contact science targets to be selected tomorrow.

by Ken Herkenhoff Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.


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Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.

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