Curiosity Mission Updates

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Right Navigation Cameras (Navcams) on Sol 2414 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Bright block in the image center is the next potential drill spot, "Broad Cairn."

After a short six meter drive to "Hallaig," the science team began the investigation of a new potential drill target named "Broad Cairn," a flat spot on a bright block in the clay-bearing unit. To confirm whether this location is high in potassium (K), the rover was commanded to clean off the spot with the dust removal tool (DRT), then take some close-up pictures with the MAHLI camera, followed by an APXS integration at the right time of day to maximize the data quality. Since getting the data back expeditiously was the highest priority, other science observations were pushed to the next planning sol. For now, the science team waits with bated breath for the results.

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These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public.

Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.

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The Curiosity rover has tools to study clues about past and present environmental conditions on Mars, including whether conditions have ever been favorable for microbial life. The rover carries:

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