Curiosity Navcam Right B image taken on Sol 2416, May 24, 2019. Photo shows the rover’s view to the northeast, with the slope of Mount Sharp on the right and the scarp of Vera Rubin Ridge on the left.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

“We’ve left multiple tracks across the cobblestone plain of Glen Torridon,” reports Dawn Sumner, a planetary geologist at the University of California Davis in Davis, California.

Curiosity Navcam Left B image acquired on Sol 2420, May 28, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“Curiosity had a nice, long drive retracing our path back toward the southwest where we want to look at some rock layers in more detail. It’s always nice to look back on an area that taught you a lot while heading forward to answer new questions,” Sumner adds.

 

 

Different colored pebbles

Scientists orchestrated another 3 sols of activities.

Curiosity Front Hazcam Left B image acquired on Sol 2420, May 28, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“We start off sol 2419 with Mastcam images of ‘Scolty Bay’ and ‘Tomintoul,’ both of which we imaged on our way east on sols 2385 and 2363, respectively,” Sumner explains.

The plan calls for follow up with Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) analyses and Mastcam documentation images of “Hillhead,” “Kinghorn,” and “Cumbernauld” to characterize different colored pebbles.

Curiosity ChemCam Remote Micro-Imager photo taken on Sol 2420, May 28, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL

 

Drive to Woodland Bay

Later in the first sol, the plan calls for taking Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) photos of Hillhead, Kinghorn, and “Kintore” as well as analyze their elemental compositions with the rover’s Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS). APXS will collect data on Kinghorn overnight to increase the precision of the analysis.

Curiosity Navcam Left B image acquired on Sol 2420, May 28, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“We start sol 2420 by retracting the arm and swinging it to clean any dust off the APXS instrument,” Sumner notes. ChemCam then analyzes a fourth target, “Cupar,” before a drive of nearly 200 feet (60 meters) to Woodland Bay.

“Curiosity will take post-drive images to help us plan the next set of activities, and ChemCam will automatically analyze a target,” Sumner reports. “After Curiosity arrives at its new parking spot, we will take Mastcam and Navcam images of the sun and sky, plus look for dust devils.”

 

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