Curiosity has executed two out of the ten sols we deliberate on Wednesday to cowl the rover’s actions by the vacations, so the three sols we deliberate right this moment (sols 3699-3671) will not really execute on Mars for a number of days.
The actions we included within the remaining eight sols of Wednesday’s ten-sol plan do not contain any driving or arm actions, so we picked up right this moment’s planning understanding this (very far future plan) would begin with Curiosity wanting on the similar workspace and prepared for science within the new 12 months.
We had been thrilled this morning to find the early vacation current we hoped Curiosity would “unwrap” utilizing a scuff was opened for us, and we had considerable crushed white rocks out there in our workspace to look at with our contact science devices. We chosen three targets for MAHLI and APXS observations that included two spots with totally different quantities of the white materials named “Mapuera” and “Mapuera offset” and a darkish sand goal named “Corume” for comparability.
ChemCam is getting in on the motion too, measuring the composition of targets named “Urucuri” and “Orinduque” with LIBS, and a passive spectral commentary of “Sequereu.” Mastcam rounds out the geology actions, with stereo and multispectral photographs of the very fascinating floor throughout the rover at this location.
Whereas we’re right here, we’ll additionally accumulate an energetic DAN measurement to measure hydrogen (a proxy for water) under the floor. We’ll then drive off, again to our strategic route that climbs Mt. Sharp, and we’ll accumulate further environmental monitoring observations after the drive.
As we roll into a brand new 12 months right here on Earth, it is good to replicate on all Curiosity has completed over the past 12 months. This time final 12 months we had been eagerly about to start out our ascent of the Greenheugh Pediment, blissfully unaware of the tough terrain up there that might power us to re-route.
Even with this modification of plans, we have coated a lot terrain since then – the spectacular views in “Paraitepuy Go” and first profitable drill into the sulfate unit had been highlights of the 12 months for me. I’m wondering what we’ll be capable of say about 2023 at the moment subsequent 12 months?
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The 10 Days of Christmas: Sols 3689-3698
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 27, 2022
On the primary sol of Christmas, Curiosity will carry to us; one APXS evaluation, one ChemCam evaluation and a large number of Mastcam, MAHLI and RMI photographs! On the second sol of Christmas, Curiosity will carry to us; extra ChemCam RMI photographs, extra Mastcam photographs, extra Navcam photographs and drive to a brand new, thrilling location.
To permit for the MSL science workforce and engineers to take a while off over the vacations, we usually uplink lengthy, multi-sol plans to maintain Curiosity occupied whereas we benefit from the festivities. … read more
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