Curiosity Navcam Right B image taken on Sol 1887, November 27, 2017.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Now in Sol 1889, NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover is “back to the grind,” post-holiday, reports Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

“While many of us spent the holiday weekend relaxing with friends and family,” Guzewich notes, “Curiosity took no rest on Mars and continued working hard today.”

The Thanksgiving plan for the robot included some unusual activities, but is now back to more typical operations with a “touch-and-go” sol on the agenda.

Possible impact crater termed “Beit” (the round-looking feature in the middle of this Curiosity Navcam Left B image acquired on Sol 1887, November 27, 2017
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Possible impact crater

On the first sol of the plan, Mars researchers scheduled contact science with its Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI).

Wheel inspection. Curiosity Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), located on the turret at the end of the rover’s robotic arm, acquired this image on Sol 1887, November 26, 2017.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

In addition to a Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) observation of a rock target termed “Lyttelton” and then Mastcam imaging of a possible impact crater nearby termed “Beit.”

Following that, Curiosity will drive approximately 130 feet (40 meters) toward its next stop of the Vera Rubin Ridge science campaign, Guzewich adds.

Curiosity ChemCam Remote Micro-Imager photo taken on Sol 1888, November 28, 2017.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL

Fan-like deposit

The second sol of the plan will have Curiosity dedicated to remote-sensing science, including a long-distance image with ChemCam of a fan like deposit closer to Mt. Sharp in addition to Navcam movies searching for dust devils and clouds, Guzewich concludes.

One Response to “Curiosity Mars Rover: On the Move”

  • Luiza says:

    It has been a relatively short time since a few rather dry researchers who published a study claiming that Mars did not contain water, which I consider to be absolutely wrong, because if certain
    rocky sediments that were found at certain sites on the Martian surface clearly show evidence that there was water in the liquid state on Mars.
    These marks show that there has certainly been a great deal of water, lakes or oceans in the past, everything is possible, so I think we must face this very realistically, because WATER is present in the whole universe in different forms.
    I believe that this Planet in the distant past, not far away was a World with an environment very similar to that which exists today on Earth.
    I believe this a lot, and I must not be wrong in my thinking, because this fact obeys the evolution of the Solar System over millions of years.
    Existence of dry ice in the poles of Mars is a clear evidence of this fact, however there are people who are saying that this evidence is nothing more than sand, dust, what I consider to be a denial of reality or are they simply hiding something ?? ???
    It’s a shame that researchers stubbornly think of hypotheses, wanting to not accept the facts or evidence however small that Mars had water in its recent past.
    I will always bite at this point until the time comes when evidence will come up in this direction, then everyone will start to give reason to my thinking.
    The Scientific Community must be aware that the resting of water on the Martian soil to a considerable depth is a hypothesis to be considered very seriously, I will not give up hitting this point because water is present everywhere in the Universe in forms very diversified.
    In an earlier research that was done, Scientists put the hypothesis that there is water in the Martian basement I consider this absolutely possible.
    Never forget that the Earth is never unique Planet that contains water, there are many more Planets or Moons of our Solar System and outside it, that in the presence of water, however small it may be, this is an issue that should never be denied or excluded, being accepted as a reality, to be taken seriously.
    There are 2 aspects that should not be overlooked because they are crucial in understanding the Mars Atmosphere.
    The study of the present Climate of Mars will allow us to understand its past Climate, even if its structure is extremely complex in terms of Atmosphere, however its study will help us understand the Earth’s climate itself, in light of the current climatic events that are occurring on our Planet.
    This is a very personal opinion, so I’d like you to express what you think about my opinion.

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