Curiosity Right Navigation Camera B photo acquired on Sol 2549, October 8, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has begun Sol 2550 tasks.

Mariah Baker, planetary geologist at Johns Hopkins University reports: “Due to a brief network issue last week, the team had to postpone certain rover activities until after the weekend.”

Curiosity Mast Camera (Mastcam) photo taken on Sol 2549, October 8, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity Chemistry & Camera RMI photo taken on Sol 2549, October 8, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL


Drill campaign

As a result, Monday became “Drill sol 5,” which included the “portion to exhaustion” sequence of the latest drill campaign. That meant the robot portions out the remainder of the drill sample and prepares to dump drilled material onto the surface for further assessment.

Curiosity Mastcam Right photo acquired on Sol 2548, October 7, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

“Besides the portion to exhaustion activities, the schedule also included a one-hour science block,” Baker adds.



Back to work week

“Luckily, the team had already put together a straightforward plan for this block that required few modifications,” Baker concludes, making Curiosity’s recent activities a relatively low-key planning day, “ideal for transitioning slowly back into the work week.”

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