As occurs often, our earlier plan didn’t execute fairly as anticipated. There was a difficulty with the rover’s avionics in Wednesday’s plan simply earlier than MAHLI was to take pictures of our contact science goal “Roxinho.” This precluded that imaging, the next drive and observations taken from our distant sensing mast. Fortunately our engineering workforce right here at JPL assessed the fault and felt comfy clearing us for nominally planning this morning.
As Science Operations Coordinator, I work intently with the JPL engineering workforce and the science workforce. My job on a morning like that is to take inventory of what actions we have to get better from the earlier plan with the fault, ensure that they make it into in the present day’s plan after which contemplate what extra actions we’ve the sources to usher in.
As is typical for a 3-sol Friday plan, we have been in a position to usher in contact science in addition to a drive. We labored to get better the “Roxinho” MAHLI goal, but additionally introduced in a brand new goal “Shabono” which we’ll brush to take away any pesky mud and can examine with each MAHLI and APXS.
Shabono is one other instance of the stunning rhythmically layered bedrock we mentioned in yestersol’s weblog. We’re additionally utilizing our MAHLI digital camera to picture our CheMin inlet funnel for any remaining particles after our “Canaima” drill marketing campaign again in October, this can be a lien we’ve been monitoring and is required earlier than we ship new pattern to CheMin, hopefully quickly!
We are going to get better the identical drive beforehand deliberate on Wednesday – this drive can be about 15 meters and can set us as much as carry out contact science on an fascinating slab of bedrock that the science workforce is contemplating for our subsequent sampling marketing campaign.
Our third sol contains typical untargeted observations – utilizing our ChemCam AEGIS capabilities to autonomously choose a LIBS goal (it is so good when the rover does the considering for us!), in addition to our common environmental monitoring observations.
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Back to the Marker Band – Sols 3667-3668
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 01, 2022
Nonetheless stuffed and feeling grateful our weekend plans have been profitable! This morning’s downlink confirmed we had extra energy to play with than was modeled final week, this time because of the SAM actions operating conservatively on Sols 3662 and 3663 (Thanksgiving and the day after). From this “energy reward” we have been in a position so as to add a complete hour to our distant science time and use our DRT for a full sol of science earlier than persevering with our journey again down into Marker Band valley pre-sunset on Sol 3667.
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