Curiosity Mastcam Left image taken on January 18, 2017.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now at work on its Sol 1587 agenda.

The robot drove 43 feet (13 meters) back on Sol 1585, placing the Mars machinery in a good position for contact science.

“But the telemetry also showed that ChemCam [Chemistry & Camera] had been marked ‘sick,’ so we will not be able to use ChemCam this weekend while the problem is diagnosed,” notes Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Full weekend plan

Sol 1586’s plan called for the rover’s Right Mastcam to acquire small mosaics of nearby rocks named “Bell Brook,” “Blind Brook,” and “Beck Pond,” then Left Mastcam is slated to take another image of the rover deck to look for changes in the dust and sand on the deck.

Curiosity Navcam Left B image taken on Sol 1586, January 21, 2017.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The rover was scheduled to rest until late that afternoon, when the illumination will be good for Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) photo taking.

MAHLI is to take a single image before the Dust Removal Tool (DRT) is used to brush off a bedrock target dubbed “Belle Lake,” then take a full suite of images (plus extra stereo images) of the brushed spot.

MAHLI is to also acquire a full suite of images of another bedrock target called “Bluffer Pond” before the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) to be placed on the same target for a short integration.

Just before midnight, the APXS is to be placed on Belle Lake for a longer integration.

Multispectral set of images

Herkenhoff adds that on Sol 1587, the arm will be retracted and stowed to allow Mastcam to acquire a full multispectral set of images of Belle Lake.

Curiosity Mastcam Left image taken on Sol 1585, January 20, 2017.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Navcam is to search for dust devils before the next drive.  In addition to the standard post-drive activities, the arm will be unstowed to allow Navcam to take stereo images of the new arm workspace.

Curiosity’s Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) is slated to take images during twilight on Sols 1587 and 1588 to look for any changes due to winds.

Navcam is scheduled to again search for dust devils on Sol 1588, and the robot’s Chemistry & Mineralogy X-Ray Diffraction/X-Ray Fluorescence Instrument (CheMin) is on tap to perform some maintenance activities overnight.

The base image from the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera (HiRISE) in NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/Univ. of Arizona


Straight line distance

In a map release of January 19, Curiosity’s Location for Sol 1584 shows that the robot has driven a straight line distance of about 101.10 feet (30.82 meters) from Sol 1583 to Sol 1584.

Since touching down in Bradbury Landing in August 2012, Curiosity has driven 9.48 miles (15.26 kilometers) as of Sol 1584.

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