Curiosity Navcam Right B image taken on Sol 1751, July 10, 2017.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity performed a “jam-packed” weekend of contact and remote science on some beautiful sand deposits, reports Rachel Kronyak, a planetary geologist from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The Mars machinery is now wrapping up Sol 1752 duties.

Long-distance mosaic

A current plan uses the rover’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) to target “Grogg Ledge,” a small patch of Murray bedrock in front of Curiosity. ChemCam will also use its Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) to take a long-distance mosaic of an interesting portion of Vera Rubin Ridge.

“After our ChemCam activities, we’ll take a suite of Mastcam mosaics to finalize our coverage of the sand deposits that we looked at over the weekend,” Kronyak adds.

Curiosity Navcam Left B image acquired on Sol 1752, July 11, 2017.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Drive ahead

Curiosity is slated to then drive, take some post-drive images, and perform a post-drive Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) observation – novel autonomy software.

Also on tap is conducting a Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite Electrical Baseline Test (EBT), Kronyak notes, which is designed to periodically monitor SAM’s electrical functions.

Curiosity Mastcam Left photo taken on Sol 1751, July 10, 2017.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The rover is due to carry out a series of environmental monitoring activities, including standard Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) and Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) measurements during the day, and an early morning suite too.

New road map

A new road map of Curiosity’s wheeling and dealing with Mars through Sol 1751 has been issued.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

The map shows the route driven by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity through the 1751 Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (July 10, 2017).

Numbering of the dots along the line indicate the sol number of each drive. North is up. The scale bar is 1 kilometer (~0.62 mile).



From Sol 1748 to Sol 1751, Curiosity had driven a straight line distance of about 18.36 feet (5.60 meters), bringing the rover’s total odometry for the mission to 10.52 miles (16.93 kilometers).

The base image from the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera (HiRISE) in NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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