Curiosity is constant to benefit from the brand new yr – each on Earth and on Mars which lately entered Mars Yr 37, just a few days earlier than the brand new yr on Earth. After a profitable drive alongside the slope beneath the Marker Band, we’re prepared for a full weekend.
On our first sol, ChemCam has a LIBS remark on the goal ‘Waimiri’ adopted by two mosaics on the Marker Band and the distant yardang on Mount Sharp. That is accompanied by Mastcam imaging of Waimiri, in addition to two different targets, an outcrop ‘Ingarico’ and a butte ‘Amapa,’ and the Marker Band.
Mastcam can be doing a tau remark to characterise the quantity of mud within the ambiance. Later within the day, we’re getting up shut to 2 bedrock targets, Waimiri and the close by ‘Caroebe’ utilizing each APXS and MAHLI.
The second sol begins with a mud satan survey adopted by ChemCam LIBS on the close by bedrock goal ‘Uaribooto’ and a mosaic on a distant butte. That is adopted by Mastcam of Uaribooto and each Waimiri and Caroebe earlier than we’re prepared to maneuver on. We’re persevering with to drive additional alongside the Marker Band, however simply because we’re driving doesn’t suggest that we will not additionally benefit from the view. Included within the is additional characterisation of the Marker Band with Mastcam.
After we attain our subsequent vacation spot, we spherical out the weekend with our last sol. AEGIS will discover a goal for ChemCam to picture, and ENV is taking a cloud film and dirt satan film. Then, later within the sol, Mastcam will get the possibility to view an eclipse, when Mars’ bigger moon Phobos will transit the face of the solar.
The weekend finishes early on the morning of sol 3708 with a morning ENV block consisting of two cloud films and a tau remark. As we transfer into winter at Gale Crater, we begin to see extra clouds, so we prefer to keep watch over the sky!
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A New Year on Mars and a Brand-New Workspace: Sols 3702-3704
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 04, 2023
The workforce got here into our first day of planning for 2023 to be taught that each one our vacation actions had executed as anticipated! As Curiosity ages, we’re grateful that she continues to do wonderful science on Mars, and the vacation plans have been no exception. We completed up our investigations on the Marker band (for now anyway), analyzed shiny materials revealed in a scuff slightly below the Marker band and drove to the south to proceed our climb of Mount Sharp.
Our view this morning revealed dusty, in place bedr … read more
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