Curiosity Front Hazcam Left B image taken on Sol 1930, January 10, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is wrapping up Sol 1930 duties.

Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland reports:

“For the last several weeks, Curiosity has been hopping between areas of blue-ish toned rocks on the Vera Rubin Ridge and the results from these locations continue to become more compelling,”

Curosity Rear Hazcam Right B image acquires on Sol 1930, January 10, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Next stop

The robot’s next blue-toned destination, Guzewich says, has informally been called “Stop E” and the Curiosity science team “made a unanimous decision to get there as quickly as possible on the second sol of our plan, Sol 1930.”

That’s not to say, Guzewich adds, Curiosity scientists will be ignoring the current location en route!

Curosity Navcam Left B image taken on Sol 1930, January 10, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Contact science

Guzewich says the plan called for contact science for Sol 1929 with the robot’s Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) and use of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI).

Those instruments were slated to study a bedrock target termed “Banff” as well as Curiosity performing associated Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam) work and taking Mastcam images.

Curiosity Mastcam Right image acquired on Sol 1928, January 8, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Also on the agenda, use of ChemCam and Mastcam on targets “Bass Rock” and “Barraclough.”

In addition to the drive on Sol 1930, environmental work by the rover is planned via three Mastcam tau observations during the day to help study how the amount of dust and clouds in the sky vary throughout the day, Guzewich concluded.

 

 

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