Curiosity Mastcam Left image taken on Sol 1384, June 28, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity Mastcam Left image taken on Sol 1384, June 28, 2016.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

 

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is busy at work during Sol 1386.

Ryan Anderson, a planetary scientist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona reports the robot has been wheeled over 216 feet (66 meters) last Sol.

The Mars machinery is continuing on its path south between the “Baynes Mountains” and “Helgas Dune.”

The plan for Sol 1386 is to start off with Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) observations of the target “Trekkopje”, followed by a short science block.

Curiosity Navcam Left B image taken on Sol 1385, June 29, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Navcam Left B image taken on Sol 1385, June 29, 2016.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

Curiosity’s Mastcam is slated to start off the block with some atmospheric measurements, then Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam) “is to join in the fun and analyze Trekkopje too,” Anderson adds.

Curiosity Navcam Left B image taken on Sol 1385, June 29, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Navcam Left B image taken on Sol 1385, June 29, 2016.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Also on the schedule is for the rover to churn out a couple of small mosaics studying the rim of a nearby crater.

“Instead of driving, we will use MAHLI to do a check-up on our wheels in today’s plan,” Anderson notes.

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