Within the earlier plan, Curiosity performed a preliminary evaluation of the potential drill goal “Encanto” (as seen within the above MAHLI picture) and as we speak we acquired the info. The drill preload take a look at and call science information look good, so we’re GO for our third try and get a pattern of this marker band.
Right now’s 3-sol plan contains the total drill on the primary sol, adopted by portion characterization on the second sol, and a few distant sensing actions. The group deliberate ChemCam LIBS on two bedrock targets named “Macucuau” and “Marahuaca” to search for variations in chemistry, in addition to an extended distance RMI mosaic to guage some nodular beds within the close by cliffs. ChemCam will even purchase RMI photos of the drill gap to assist with focusing on within the subsequent plan, and passive spectra on the drill tailings.
The plan additionally contains Mastcam imaging of the “Encanto” block to search for adjustments earlier than and after drilling, plus Mastcam multispectral observations of the drill tailings and a goal named “Cacao” to research some darkish grey float rocks. Curiosity will even be busy wanting on the sky, with numerous actions to search for potential noctilucent clouds at twilight, monitor mud within the ambiance, and seek for mud devils.
Hopefully the third time is the attraction, and we look ahead to seeing outcomes from drilling at “Encanto!”
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity acquired this picture utilizing its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), positioned on the turret on the finish of the rover’s robotic arm, on January 19, 2023, Sol 3716 of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission, at 10:45:47 UTC.
When this picture was obtained, the main target motor depend place was 13017. This quantity signifies the interior place of the MAHLI lens on the time the picture was acquired. This depend additionally tells whether or not the mud cowl was open or closed. Values between 0 and 6000 imply the mud cowl was closed; values between 12500 and 16000 happen when the duvet is open. For close-up photos, the motor depend can in some circumstances be used to estimate the gap between the MAHLI lens and goal.
For instance, in-focus photos obtained with the mud cowl open for which the lens was 2.5 cm from the goal have a motor depend close to 15270. If the lens is 5 cm from the goal, the motor depend is close to 14360; if 7 cm, 13980; 10 cm, 13635; 15 cm, 13325; 20 cm, 13155; 25 cm, 13050; 30 cm, 12970. These correspond to picture scales, in micrometers per pixel, of about 16, 25, 32, 42, 60, 77, 95, and 113.
Most photos acquired by MAHLI in daylight use the solar as an illumination supply. Nevertheless, in some circumstances, MAHLI’s two teams of white gentle LEDs and one group of longwave ultraviolet (UV) LEDs is perhaps used to light up targets. When Curiosity acquired this picture, the group 1 white gentle LEDs had been off, the group 2 white gentle LEDs had been off, and the ultraviolet (UV) LEDS had been off.
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