Curiosity Front Hazcam Right B image taken on Sol 1513, November 7, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Front Hazcam Right B image taken on Sol 1513, November 7, 2016.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Now in Sol 1514, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover successfully completed a menu of scientific duties throughout last weekend.

The robot carried out observations of its surroundings and wheeled itself over 141 feet (43 meters).

Science block

In carrying out a two sol plan, Curiosity is to start out with a brief contact science block, reports Ryan Anderson, a planetary scientist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm, took this image on November 6, 2016, Sol 1512. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), located on the turret at the end of the rover’s robotic arm, took this image on November 6, 2016, Sol 1512.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Using the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), the robot will observe the target “Southwest Harbor.” After that, the plan calls for a remote sensing block.

The rover’s Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam) instrument is to observe some nodules in the targets “Asticou” and “Bass Harbor Head.”

Curiosity’s Mastcam is slated to document those targets, as well as the Sol 1513 ChemCam Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) software target.

Cross-bedding

Mastcam also will take images of a laminated target called “Halls Quarry”, some nearby blocks called “Baker Island” and “Acadia”, and some cross-bedding in the target “Seal Harbor.”

Curiosity Mastcam Right image taken on Sol 1512, November 6, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity Mastcam Right image taken on Sol 1512, November 6, 2016.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

After the remote sensing block, the rover will drive and then do post-drive imaging and a ChemCam AEGIS observation.

On Sol 1515, ChemCam has a passive sky observation, and Navcam has a couple of atmospheric monitoring observations, adds Anderson.

As of Sol 1512, Curiosity has driven 9.24 miles (14.88 kilometers) since touching down on the Red Planet in August 2012.

Dates of planned rover activities described are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.

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