Curiosity Mission Updates

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Front Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Front Hazcams) on Sol 1533 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity had a productive Thanksgiving weekend and now we are getting ready to drill at "Precipice." Sol 1534 begins with MAHLI imaging of the post-sieve dump pile from the previous drill sample ("Sebina"). Then we have a short science block to acquire a ChemCam passive observation and a Mastcam multispectral observation of the dump pile. In the afternoon the plan includes a CHIMRA "thwack" activity to clean out any remnants of the previous sample in order to prepare for a new one. Later in the afternoon we'll also take a ChemCam long distance RMI mosaic to investigate a linear feature observed from HiRISE. The full drill hole is planned for Sol 1536.

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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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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