Curiosity Mastcam Right image taken on Sol 2058, May 21, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS



NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is performing Sol 2061 science duties.

“After successfully drilling the ‘Duluth’ target on Sol 2057, the science team is eager to find out what it’s made of,” reports Lauren Edgar, planetary geologist at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Edgar says the plan calls for drop-off of material to the Chemistry & Mineralogy X-Ray Diffraction/X-Ray Fluorescence Instrument (CheMin) for overnight analysis. “Hopefully we’ll get some good data about the mineralogy of this sample!”

Vein targets

In addition to the CheMin activities, the team has planned another Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) observation of the “Duluth” drill hole, and nearby bedrock and vein targets named “Prosit” and “Grand Marais.”

Curiosity Front Hazcam Right B image acquired on Sol 2060, May 23, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Last Monday, the science team delivered three portions of the drill material to a nearby rock surface, and in a follow-up plan they are monitoring those piles to see if any of the fines are moving in the wind.

Sandy ripple

“We’ll also check for changes in a sandy ripple named “Esko.” Both change detection observations will be repeated on the second sol, along with a Mastcam mosaic to provide more context for this drill location,” Edgar adds.

Curiosity Mastcam Left image taken on Sol 2059, May 22, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The environmental theme group also planned a couple of Navcam dust devil observations, a Mastcam tau, and a Mastcam crater rim extinction activity to monitor dust in the atmosphere.

Edgar concludes: “Looking forward to finding out what this rock is made of!”

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