Curiosity Front Hazard Avoidance Camera (Front Hazcam Left B) image taken on Sol 2590, November 19, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now carrying out Sol 2591 tasks.

Reports Fred Calef, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Curiosity’s Central Butte campaign continues and the rover is traversing along an ever narrowing ledge.

Curiosity Front Hazard Avoidance Camera (Front Hazcam Left B) photo acquired on Sol 2590, November 19, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“To continue forward, we need to take a few steps back and make a U-turn around to a less steep section to proceed,” Calef adds. “This ledge-forming material itself is an interesting pitted mudstone outcrop that we’d like to investigate.”

A view of possible pebble-forming rocks in front of the rover. A rock designated as “Quarff” is in the middle-left of the image.
Curiosity Left Navigation Camera Left B Sol 2590 November 19, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Pebble forming block

The robot recently performed a touch-and-go maneuver taking Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS), Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam), Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), and Mastcam measurements on a block called “Nedd.”

Nedd may be pebble forming and contributing to the surface texture viewed from orbit and on the ground, Calef points out.

Dipping strata

“In addition, we’ll get some Mastcam imaging on ‘Quarff,’ where we think there’s some dipping strata telling us how these rocks were laid down in the past. Also, we’ll acquire Mastcam of ‘Banffshire,’ our next drive location,” Calef reports.

Curiosity Left Navigation Camera Left B photo acquired on Sol 2590, November 19, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“We wrap up the drive with some observations looking for dust devils and clouds for understanding wind direction,” Calef says. Last, but not least, a Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) image will be taken to document the smaller rocks (“clasts”) that make up the surface, he concludes.

Curiosity Left Navigation Camera Left B photo acquired on Sol 2590, November 19, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Left Navigation Camera Left B photo acquired on Sol 2590, November 19, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

Curiosity Left Navigation Camera Left B photo acquired on Sol 2590, November 19, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Mast Camera (Mastcam) Left image taken on Sol 2589, November 18, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity Mast Camera (Mastcam Left) photo taken on Sol 2590, November 19, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity Mast Camera (Mastcam) Left image taken on Sol 2589, November 18, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

 

 

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