Curiosity Mission Updates
Sols 2141-2142: Taking a closer look at the Stoer sampleWritten by Ashley Stroupe on 08.13.2018
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2138 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
In today's plan, Curiosity begins analysis of the long-awaited Pettegrove Point drill sample at the "Stoer" target, which was successfully collected last week (and I had the pleasure of helping to sequence as a Rover Planner). Our main activity is the drop-off of sample to CheMin, based on the characterization of the drop-off portion size done in the weekend plan. There is still a good bit of wind, so the drop-off is around noon, during the calmest time. Overnight, CheMin will be busy analyzing the sample; we'll have the results down late Wednesday, which can then inform decisions about dropping off sample to SAM as early as this weekend's plan for analysis early next week.
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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.