Curiosity Mission Updates

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Right Navigation Cameras (Navcams) on Sol 1400 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The drive on Sol 1400 went well, and Curiosity drove ~13 m along the edge of the blocky deposit "Bimbe." Today's plan involves a number of ChemCam and Mastcam observations to assess the composition and textural properties of three large blocks in the deposit. We'll also acquire a Mastcam mosaic to document the eastern edge of the deposit, and a Navcam observation to search for dust devils. Then Curiosity will continue driving to the southwest, followed by standard post-drive imaging. I'll be on duty as GSTL tomorrow so I'm looking forward to the weekend plan!


By Lauren Edgar

--Lauren is a Research Geologist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center and a member of the MSL science team.

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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These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public.

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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