Now in Sol 1611, the Curiosity Mars rover is on location to survey several potential targets.
On Sol 1610 the Curiosity Mars rover drove nearly 89 feet (27 meters).
A dark patch of bedrock, appropriately named “Patch Mountain” was chosen for Curiosity’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam), Right Mastcam, and Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) observations.
The MAHLI imaging was moved after the ChemCam observation so that the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) impact spots would be visible, reports Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona.
An additional MAHLI image was added to the standard full suite, to provide a 3-image mosaic from 5 centimeters.
“Then the rover will drive again, and take images afterward to enable planning more activities on Sol 1612,” Herkenhoff adds.
Just before sunset, the robot’s Navcam will search for dust devils and
the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) will complete the second part of their flight software update.
Dates of planned rover activities are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.