Curiosity Front Hazcam Left B image acquired on Sol 2448, June 26, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2449 science duties.

Reports Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA/GSFC in Greenbelt, Maryland: A recent plan wrapped up time for the rover to study the Teal Ridge outcrop, then the robot is to drive toward the next waypoint in the clay-bearing unit of Gale Crater.

Lien list

There were several science tasks on our lien list to complete first, including Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) targets on the “rubbly” material in front of the outcrop.

Curiosity Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) photo produced on Sol 2448, June 26, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Mars researchers identified a target named “Glencoe”), one on a dark vein structure within the outcrop (termed “Glenbuchat,” – incredible layered structure in Teal Ridge)

Also produced was a Mastcam multispectral image (where Mastcam uses its different filters to get a better understanding of a rock’s chemistry) of the “Beauly” target that received a thorough cleaning with the dust removal tool last week, Guzewich points out.

Curiosity Navcam Left B photo taken on Sol 2448, June 26, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Navcam Left B photo taken on Sol 2448, June 26, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Next waypoint

“After the drive, we’ll be about halfway to our next waypoint and we’ll stop to conduct some post-drive science including imaging of the surrounding area and some late afternoon [environmental] ENV activities including a Mastcam sky survey (to help understand the properties of the airborne dust) and a Navcam zenith movie to search for clouds,” Guzewich adds.

“The ‘Aphelion Cloud Belt’ season is nearly upon us,” Guzewich concludes, “and we expect the skies to be getting much cloudier in the sols and weeks ahead.”

Curiosity Mastcam Left photo taken on Sol 2447, June 25, 2019.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

















New road map

Meanwhile a new Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 2447 has been issued.

The map shows the route driven by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity through the 2447 Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (June 25, 2019).

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Numbering of the dots along the line indicate the sol number of each drive. North is up. The scale bar is 1 kilometer (~0.62 mile).

From Sol 2439 to Sol 2447, Curiosity had driven a straight line distance of about 30.55 feet (9.31 meters), bringing the rover’s total odometry for the mission to 12.94 miles (20.83 kilometers).

The base image from the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera (HiRISE) in NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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