Curiosity Mission Updates
Sol 2216: A Windswept WorkspaceWritten by Melissa Rice on 10.29.2018
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2211 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Today was the first day of planning with the full science team since Curiosity had an anomaly on sol 2172. It has been a over a month since we last looked at the "workspace," the region in front of the rover that the arm can reach, and there were some surprises in store for us! Before the anomaly, the rock was covered with gray-colored tailings from our failed attempt to drill the "Inverness" target, as seen in the Mastcam image from sol 2170. In the new image above, however, those tailings are now gone - and so is a lot of the dark brown soil and reddish dust. So while Curiosity has been sitting still, the winds have been moving, sweeping the workspace clean.
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