Curiosity update: Driving around the dune

NLB_509001223EDR_F0522668NCAM07753M_-br2Sol 1256-61, February 19, 2016, update from USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: Apologies for the lateness of this week’s update: The rover is fine, gradually working its way around the north end of a large dune. I’m just an absent-minded blogger with too many other things going on!

We started this week on Tuesday with the Sol 1256 plan. This included some long distance ChemCam RMi images of a location on Mt. Sharp that I have been advocating for, plus some small Mastcam mosaics of targets “Chuos”, “Guinas”, “Aroab”, and the rover deck. This was followed by a ~30 m drive and post-drive imaging.

The 1257 plan was more challenging than we would have liked because we didn’t get the data expected from Sol 1256 due to an issue with the Deep Space Network (the data isn’t lost, just delayed). With most of our data missing, Sol 1257 ended… [More at link]

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