Curiosity Mission Updates

Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


The activities planned for last weekend went well, so preparations for drilling continued on Sol 1493. In the morning, a Right Mastcam mosaic of a ridge to the west of the rover will be followed by a passive ChemCam spectral measurement of the sieved fraction of the Quela drill sample. ChemCam and the Right Mastcam will also observe a nearby bedrock exposure named "Mavinga," and Mastcam will acquire a full multispectral set of images of "Cahama." In the afternoon, Mastcam will measure the amount of dust in the atmosphere and Navcam will search for dust devils north of the rover. Later, CHIMRA will be cleaned out and MAHLI will image the Quela dump pile up close. Finally, the APXS will be placed on the dump pile for an overnight integration. 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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