Curiosity Mastcam Left image taken on Sol 1398, July 12, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity Mastcam Left image taken on Sol 1398, July 12, 2016.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

 

Now in Sol 1400, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover recently drove roughly 105 feet (32 meters) closer to a blocky deposit known as “Bimbe.”

We’ve identified several notable blocky deposits in orbital images, and this will be our last chance to fully investigate one of these deposits on the ground to try to determine their origin,” explains Lauren Edgar, a research geologist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona and a member of the Mars Science Laboratory science team.

Curiosity Left B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 1400, July 14, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Left B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 1400, July 14, 2016.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

 

 

Laminations in bedrock

The current plan involves taking Mastcam mosaics to characterize laminations in the Murray bedrock, and to document the “Bimbe” region.

Also planned is a study of a target named “Auchab” using the rover’s Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam).

Additionally, a morning science block is to include some systematic atmospheric monitoring with the robot’s Mastcam.

Curiosity Rover’s location for Sol 1399. Base image from the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera (HiRISE) in NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Curiosity Rover’s location for Sol 1399. Base image from the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera (HiRISE) in NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

 

 

 

New map

Meanwhile, a new map depicts Curiosity’s location for Sol 1399.

The map shows the route driven by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity through the 1399 Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (July, 13, 2016).

Numbering of the dots along the line indicate the sol number of each drive. North is up.

From Sol 1398 to Sol 1399, Curiosity had driven a straight line distance of about 101.92 feet (31.06 meters).

Since touching down in Bradbury Landing in August 2012, Curiosity has driven 8.28 miles (13.33 kilometers).

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