MISSION UPDATES | May 14, 2019

Sol 2407: Turning our wheels

Written by Abigail Fraeman, Planetary Geologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Sol 2407: Turning our wheels

We're driving today! …but only about three meters.

After weeks of staying put while we completed drilling activities at "Kilmarie," Curiosity is stretching her wheels. The main activity in the sol 2407 plan will be a set of MAHLI wheel images, followed by a very small bump forward to place DAN over the Kilmarie drill hole. We hope to take an active DAN observation right over the drill hole to understand more about the hydration state of the rock and subsurface. We'll also squeeze in a bit of science around the drive activities today, including a retake of the Mastcam multispectral image of Kilmarie before the drive, and a ChemCam AEGIS target afterwards.