Curiosity Front Hazard Avoidance Camera Right B image taken during Sol 3234, September 11, 2021.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

The Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3236 tasks.

Curiosity Rear Hazard Avoidance Camera Right B image acquired on Sol 3234, September 11, 2021.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland reports that the robot’s primary goal this weekend is for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite to study the material from the newly created Maria Gordon drill hole – #33 that the rover has done.

Curiosity Right B Navigation Camera photo taken on Sol 3234, September 11, 2021.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

 

“SAM will heat the material to very high temperatures to determine what it’s made of and how water may have interacted with the rock in the distant past,” Guzewich adds.

Curiosity Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam) Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) photo taken on Sol 3233, September 9, 2021.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL

Curiosity Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam) Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) photo taken on Sol 3233, September 9, 2021.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL

Also on tap is for Curiosity to perform a variety of imaging with Mastcam and take a Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) long-distance image of Rafael Navarro mountain.

 

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