Curiosity update: Taking a closer look

1934MH0007060010703650C00_DXXX-br2Sol 1937, January 16, 2018, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Today we’re continuing our science activities at the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) location “e.” It certainly seems that “e” should stand for “exciting,” as we’ve collected quite a rich set of observations at this location, including extensive imaging and geochemical analyses.

In today’s plan, we’re focusing our attention on small-scale features in the rocks in front of the rover to try and understand how they formed. We have a nice long science block in the early afternoon, during which we’ll use ChemCam to assess the targets “Macleans Nose 2,” “Funzie 2,” and “Ullapool.” The targets with “2″ in their name are intended to be repeat observations of targets that we analyzed over the weekend to gather additional information. We’ll then take a small Mastcam mosaic to document some of the VRR terrain further away from the rover.

Following the science block, we’ll deploy the arm to take a closer look at some interesting rock features. The first is “Rona,” a beautiful large white vein, seen in the image above. We’ll use the MAHLI… [More at link]

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