Curiosity Navcam Left B image acquired on Sol 2041, May 4, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is performing Sol 2041 duties.

Reports Michelle Minitti, a planetary geologist at Framework in Silver Spring, Maryland: “Curiosity continued her journey off of the ‘Vera Rubin Ridge,’ driving west along the ridge flank toward a passable route down to the bedrock north of the ridge.”

Sulfate vein

The current plan has the robot’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) acquiring ten spot rasters across “Homer Lake,” a finely-layered bedrock block, and “Barto Lake,” white sulfate vein material pasted to the side of the Homer Lake block.

Curiosity Navcam Right B photo taken on Sol 2041, May 4, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After ChemCam shoots Homer Lake and Barto Lake, Minitti says the rover’s Mastcam will collect multispectral data from both targets, giving Mastcam a view of the areas cleared of dust by laser shots and providing complementary data to the ChemCam analyses.

Drive ahead

“Mastcam will feel at home imaging “Terrace Point,” a set of bedrock blocks with distinctive surface textures. Navcam will search for dust devils both before and after the drive,” Minitti adds.

Curiosity Mastcam Right image acquired on Sol 2040, May 3, 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS




In the cue is a drive of over 80 feet (25 meters), Minitti says, “aimed at a nice expanse of bedrock for the upcoming weekend plan.”

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