Curiosity Mission Updates

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Left Navigation Camera (Navcams) on Sol 2447 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Our drive on Sol 2447 stopped a bit short, placing us on an area that was mostly gravel. Nothing against gravel, but we are eager to get to the outcrops ahead of us, so we went with a pretty light plan for today to allow more time and energy for driving. We start off with a ChemCam observation of a pebble dubbed "Strathclyde," followed by Mastcam of the same target. Then we have a Mastcam mosaic of the upcoming outcrop. After the drive we have all the usual post-drive imaging, including a MARDI image of the ground beneath our wheels. We originally had a ChemCam autonomously targeted observation, but that was pulled to save power for tomorrow. We will wrap up Sol 2448 with a twilight Mastcam movie to watch for clouds.

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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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