Curiosity Mission Updates
Sols 2131-2133: Colors Abound in Pettegrove PointWritten by Vivian Sun on 08.06.2018
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2129 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Curiosity is currently preparing to bump to her next drill site in the Pettegrove Point member, but not before gathering many observations at our current location. There are interesting color variations in today's workspace, with grey, tan, and red gradients across the outcrop that can be seen in the above image. Curiosity will document these color variations in detail with images from Mastcam and the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and chemical measurements from the ChemCam and Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) instruments. This is a lot of data to relay, but we expect downlinks from both the Mars Odyssey and the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter spacecrafts over the weekend.
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