Curiosity Mission Updates
Sols 2404-2406: (Starting to) Drive Away!Written by Vivian Sun on 05.10.2019
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on Sol 2402 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Today we developed a 3 sol plan geared towards wrapping up activities at the "Kilmarie" drill site. We learned early on that the SAM team decided to not proceed with a wet chemistry experiment at this site, which would have required us to drill a third sample. As a result, we finished analyses of the Kilmarie drill hole with MAHLI imaging of the drill hole and tailings and APXS measurements over two regions of the tailings. One APXS spot will be over a redder portion of the drill tailings (see image above), and the other APXS spot will be over the paler portion of the tailings (which also tends to appear as clumps in the above image). Acquiring two APXS measurements over these different areas may tell us whether these two colors represent differences in composition.
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