Curiosity’s location on Sol 3715. Distance driven to that Sol: 18.26 miles/29.39 kilometers.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity took 28 images in Gale Crater using its mast-mounted Right Navigation Camera (Navcam) to create this mosaic. The seam-corrected mosaic provides a 360-degree cylindrical projection panorama of the Martian surface centered at 195 degrees azimuth (measured clockwise from north). Curiosity took the images on January 18, 2023, Sol 3715 at drive 1676, site number 99.
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NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3716 duties.

The robot recently executed a “short bump” (a drive) that placed the Mars machinery in front of a possible, next-up drill target, reports Elena Amador-French, A Science Operations Coordinator at NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California.

Curiosity Left B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 3715, January 18, 2023.
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Before the science team commits to drilling the target “Encanto,” Amador-French adds, researchers will first investigate the chemistry and composition of the target using the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS), the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instruments, and Mastcam (using their multispectral capability), to ensure that it is scientifically in-line with the rest of the “Marker Band.”

Curiosity Left B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 3715, January 18, 2023.
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Additionally, a preload test which will provide a sense of the stability of the block is to be performed.

Curiosity Front Hazard Avoidance Camera Left B photo acquired on Sol 3715, January 18, 2023.
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Charmed drill target

“El Encanto is a town and municipality in the Amazonas region of Colombia. Additionally one translation of the Spanish word ‘encanto’ is ‘charm’ – we indeed hope this drill target is charmed after we faced challenges with our last two drill attempts on the Marker Band,” Amador-French explains.

Curiosity Left B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 3715, January 18, 2023.
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In addition to Curiosity doing initial drill campaign activities, a 360 degree Mastcam mosaic is to be performed, along with the regular cadence of environmental monitoring activities.

Amador-French concludes: “Looking forward to seeing what this “Encanto” holds for us on Friday!”

Curiosity Left B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 3715, January 18, 2023.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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