Curiosity Mastcam Left Sol 2425, June 3, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2427 duties.

Curiosity Mastcam Left Sol 2425, June 3, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Reports Sarah Lamm, a planetary geologist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, plans for Curiosity have been scripted for weekend activities at Woodland Bay.

Woodland Bay is a location in Glen Torridon, in the clay bearing unit.

The plan scripted three sols of work in the area using the robot’s Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS), the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam), as well as Mastcam, and Navcam.

Curiosity Front Hazcam Left B image taken on Sol 2426, June 3, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Geological context

On Sol 2424, the target “Morningside” was slated to be analyzed by APXS.

Then MAHLI was set to image the subtle morphological textures of “Morningside.” ChemCam was also to be used on targets: “Whiteadder,” “Wester Ross,” “West Wemyss,” and “Water Haven.” Mastcam images were to be taken of all targets for geological context.

Curiosity Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) photo produced on Sol 2426, June 3, 2019. MAHLI is located on the turret at the end of the rover’s robotic arm.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Catching a dust devil

On Sol 2425, the plan called for the rover’s NavCam to take a short movie of the area in hopes of catching a dust devil.

“Dust devils have been spotted on Mars’ surface, but we could always use more movies and pictures of them,” Lamm points out.

“West Side” and “Morningside” were on tap for multispectral images to be taken by Mastcam.

Mastcam will also be used to document clouds in Mars’ night sky.

Curiosity ChemCam Remote Micro-Imager photo taken on Sol 2426, June 3, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL

Cloud movie

On the Sol 2426 to do list, ChemCam was to have one target called “Watten.”

Navcam was also scheduled to take four short 8 frame movie of clouds. These movies will be taken at different times of day and at different locations in the sky.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

 

 

Traverse map

Meanwhile, a new Curiosity’s traverse map through Sol 2422 has been posted.

The map shows the route driven by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity through the 2422 Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (June 01, 2019).

Numbering of the dots along the line indicate the sol number of each drive. North is up. The scale bar is 1 kilometer (~0.62 mile).

 

 

From Sol 2420 to Sol 2422, Curiosity had driven a straight line distance of about 6.28 feet (1.91 meters), bringing the rover’s total odometry for the mission to 12.83 miles (20.65 kilometers).

The base image from the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera (HiRISE) in NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Curiosity Rear Hazcam Left B image acquired on Sol 2426, June 3, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Mastcam Left photo taken on Sol 2425, June 2, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity Navcam Right B image taken on Sol 2426, June 3, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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