Curiosity update: Last drive before Thanksgiving

1873ML0098010020703411E01_DXXX-br2Sol 1877-78, November 15, 2017, update by MSL scientist Abigail Fraeman: The star of tosol’s plan was a drive that will likely be our last drive before the Thanksgiving holiday. The science team has a lot of activities we’d like to do that require Curiosity to stay in a single location for several days, so the Earth days that the ops team has off for Thanksgiving will be a perfect time for the rover to get some really good science done without needing input from the ground. As the surface properties scientist (SPS) on shift today, I worked closely with the rover planners to pick a drive target that had the highest likelihood of leaving the rover in a good, stable position while still giving us an exciting workspace for future contact science. In the end, we decided to try to head for an area where we see two different colors of rocks – the typical tan rocks that have been present throughout our time on the ridge as well as some grayer rocks that appear to be unique to the upper part of the ridge. Although it’s hard to tell for certain from afar, I’m hopeful this area will be a great place for Curiosity to sit and do science while we humans on the ground enjoy our turkey dinners! [More at link]

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