Contact science at “Garth Ness” (to right of Curiosity license plate). Curiosity Left B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 2927, October 30, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2928 tasks.

This weekend, Curiosity continues working toward the sulfate unit of Mt. Sharp while conducting science along the way, reports Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Curiosity Mast Camera Left image taken on Sol 2926, October 29, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The plan calls for contact science at “Garth Ness” with the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS).

Curiosity Mast Camera Right photo acquired on Sol 2926, October 29, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

 

 

Weekend science

The rover’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam), Guzewich notes, will continue the “ness-essary” weekend science with Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) targets on “Fugla Ness,” “Stennes,” “Dunrossness,” and “Noness.”

Guzewich adds that a routine weekend involves weekly morning meteorological observations and searches for dust devils.

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

 

“We’re in a time of year where dust devils are particularly frequent, and we want to watch for them as we approach the large sand sheet that Curiosity will be studying later up close to see if dust devils are moving sand around. We’ll then drive onward toward our next stop,” Guzewich explains.

New road map

Meanwhile, a new Curiosity traverse map through Sol 2923 has been issued.

The map shows the route driven by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity through the 2923 Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (October 26, 2020).

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 2904 to Sol 2923, Curiosity had driven a straight line distance of about 171.85 feet (52.38 meters), bringing the rover’s total odometry for the mission to 14.37 miles (23.13 kilometers).

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

Curiosity Mast Camera Right photo acquired on Sol 2926, October 29, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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