Curiosity’s Location as of Sol 3013. Distance Driven 15.03 miles (24.19 kilometers).
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

 

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3015 tasks.

Curiosity Navcam Left image clearly shows the boundary between the smooth and pebbly portion of the unit and the large blocky portion scientists are investigating on a brief “toe dip” into the rubbly area. Photo taken on Sol 3013, January 27, 2021
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The robot is now sitting on a geological contact within the “fractured intermediate unit” and scientists are investigating the “rubbly” portion of that unit, reports Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Curiosity has carried out a brief “toe dip” into the rubbly area.

Curiosity Right B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 3014, January 27, 2021.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Rocks in the workspace

The rover will perform contact science with its Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on one of these blocks, termed “Beaupouvet,” and take Mastcam multispectral and mosaic images of it and other rocks in the workspace, Guzewich adds.

The robot’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) is acquiring passive spectra of its calibration target while the team investigates an issue with some observations last week.

Curiosity Right B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 3014, January 27, 2021.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Right B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 3014, January 27, 2021.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Sulfate unit

“After contact science, we’ll drive back into the smoother pebbly portion of the unit as we continue to head for the sulfate unit higher on Mt. Sharp,” Guzewich notes. “On the second sol of our plan, we’ll have a sequence of activities to search for and image dust devils. We’ll also look for evening clouds, which typically become more abundant this time of year as we approach the northern hemisphere spring equinox on Mars.”

Curiosity Front Hazard Avoidance Camera Left B image acquired on Sol 3014, January 27, 2021.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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